In reading the draft water permit, it is clear that when Freshwater Tissue releases pollutants into the Pacific Ocean the consequences for the environment will begin immediately and will be a sure thing. Those pollutants cannot be taken back. However, monitoring and enforcement are slow and unsure. Freshwater Tissue has admitted that it cannot meet environmental standards and will pollute. Much of the draft permit deals with monitoring, how often Freshwater Tissue is required to submit reports and what is to be included in these reports. If these reports show too much of a pollutant, they must submit more reports more frequently. Minimum sampling frequency for chemicals like hexavalent chromium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel and benzene if twice a year. Does this mean that the mill could put out large amounts of hexavalent chromium for 6 months before it was sampled? Consequences of violations are not spelled out in this permit and are not a sure thing. While the permit allows the Water Board to shut down for violations, this does not appear to be automatic. It seems to be at the discretion of the Water Board. Fines are not ruled out, but are not spelled out in this permit. While outside companies may be brought in, much of the monitoring is done by Freshwater Tissue. Since past owners have not shown themselves to be honest (Evergreen Pulp) and Mr. Simpson seems to disrespect environmental laws (See the Humboldt Herald), this does not give us a lot of confidence that we will be protected from pulp pollution. One thing is clear. Humboldt County and the people who live here will be the biggest losers if this permit is approved.