While Evergreen was in operation, local politicians and business people were to be found at the Wharfinger building eating chips and schmoozing with David Tsang. (Remember the Fishbowl.) As evidence mounted about Evergreen’s environmental violations, local dignitaries could only hear the sound of money. They asked no probing questions. Now that Evergreen has left town leaving workers without back pay or health insurance and owing the Water Board almost one million dollars in fines, they still are not asking questions. They are silent as if Evergreen had never been. Are they embarrassed about how they were taken in?
We are downloading and creating links to government documents that record environmental violations by the Samoa Mill both as Evergreen Pulp and Louisiana Pacific. This takes us away from hearsay to fact. Today we are adding a Region 9 compliance document (Evergreen Pulp) and a violation of Consent Decree against Louisiana Pacific 1996.
We are adding two articles, one of the Surfrider suit and the other on the Port Angeles Mill Rayonier Site (Dept of Ecology Washington State). Our objective is to have a central location for government documents on the mill and its history of violations.
In the case of Port Angeles Rayonier, residents had to petition the EPA to investigate their mill-site so that it would be properly cleaned up. We want to make sure that the clean-up proceeds properly since the running of the mill did not.