Mr. Simpson's guest editorial in the Humboldt Herald shows that he is not willing to acknowledge the enormity of the problem of pollution from the Samoa Pulp Mill. "The real issue with the Samoa mill is not about pollution, it is about a 37 year old antiquated EPA evaluation system...." He doesn't discuss the enormity of past violations and the fact that nothing has changed since these violations that would prevent them from happening again.

"For the 35 months February 2005 through December 2007 the pulp mill, while under operation by Evergreen Pulp Inc....exceeded the monthly average BODs limitation...for eleven months.  In addition to exceedances of BOD and total suspended solids limitations, the discharge exceeded the average ALDRIN concentration for one month.  For the nine months until closure of the mill in October 2008, the discharge from the mill exceeded the monthly average BODs for all 9 months of operations..."(Draft Water Permit 2010) They were fined over $400,000 which was never paid.  They could have been fined $59,297,999,000.

BOD means biological oxygen demand.  The amount of dissolved oxygen needed by aerobic decomposers to break down the organic materials in a given volume of water at a certain temperature over a specified time period.

ALDRIN is LISTED AS A CANCER CAUSING CHEMICAL BY THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. Symptoms of aldrin exposure include mental confusion,
incoordination, muscle twitching, vomiting, nausea, headache, dizziness, convulsions and cancer.

In addition the mill water emissions must be tested for certain other chemicals, because they have been found in previous mill outflow. HCH, TCDD equivalents, aldrin and total DDT.  There is a long list of other chemicals that could reasonably be found in mill water emissions. (Draft Water Permit)

This does not even begin to address the issue of all the chemicals already in the testing wellls on the mill site including HEXAVALENT CHROMIUM, NICKEL, ARSENIC, MANGANESE and pages and pages of other toxic cancer causing chemicals.  What is to prevent these from going out the pipe into the ocean? If these are not a problem, why is the Water Board making them clean up the site? (See Geotracker)


IN SUMMARY, IT IS CLEAR THAT MR. SIMPSON AND OTHER OWNERS OF THE MILL ARE NOT RESPECTFUL OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE TOXIC CHEMICALS THAT THEY ARE WORKING WITH IN A PULP MILL. AGAIN AND AGAIN MR. SIMPSON MINIMIZES THE RISK, DISRESPECTS THE E.P.A. AND IGNORES THE CONCERNS OF THOSE OF US WHO LIVE NEAR THE MILL.


This is only addressing water pollution.  Apparently the mill already has the air permits, so we won't even have a chance to speak up about air quality.











Eureka
4/6/2010 08:23:37 am

Again this blog down plays all response to the questions answerd, they raised about pollutents from the mill.
People go over to the Humbolt Heraled news and see the exchanges to puplic questions that are addressed by the mill staff. Most people like me I believe live here for the cleaner life that it brings for us.And I and the others that worked at the mill would not help destroy that or let poisins out to effect or own familys.
I have met these people running this blog at a few public meetings . And the enviroment is not their big care here.
Its the view out their back door they want to change.Its OK not to like the mill . But look at what is posted up top.Its been addresed and they incite misleading info once again.

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Eureka
4/7/2010 07:50:37 am

Nice goin,,,Making your updated home page un-available to these prior comments . Just as expected !
Keeep the mis_info goin. O say just like the the big goverment you so dispise does.
Why does it get ugly when a subject is at debate ?
Sweet smilein soft spoken liers with re-hashed mis_leading "Informatin" With just as under handed reason-based agendas as any other group.
I ,,,AHHH, MEAN "U"

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snoopy
4/7/2010 11:57:32 am

Water pollution. Air pollution. Let's just live in denial of their existence in humboldt. The oceans and the atmosphere are big enough to dilute them all. The people who worked to get standards adopted were just smoking.

guess this is what happens when you inherit a beautiful lush paradise. Find any way you can to make $$ out of it. Convince people toilet paper is a necessity of life. Convince them that affordable water rates cannot be covered in any other way than to have the mill pay for the water. Then wonder why so many people get the CRUD, cancers and liver disease. Wonder why the old houses in west Eureka are considered low-income when the ones in Ferndale are highly valued and cared for.

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4/8/2010 04:03:14 am

All comments on this blog are available exactly as submitted.

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Eureka
4/9/2010 01:06:06 am

WestEureka,,,
My apologies,,,Sorry for the mis-leading comment I made. About your blog not making some comments available.
I guess the whole mis-information thing works both ways .

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snoopy
4/11/2010 08:06:36 am

I was up in Portland on a trip about four years ago and stopped on the way at the little town of Toledo, where I noticed a pulp mill right in town. I stopped in the city hall and asked about whether or not it produced undesirable pollution. I was told that when the mill was built in the 1950s there were not enough people in Toledo to fill the jobs so they recruited them from Portland. Then, the new workers refused to move there until they could be convinced that the mill would meet federal and state pollution standards. The mill was brought into compliance before any workers were relocated to Toledo. Today I checked the web to see if everyone is happy in Toledo and found that their permits have been violated and new ones delayed particularly in the past 10 years.
Maybe we need to be careful what reopens in Humboldt because it seems to me that it will take eternal vigilance to keep it running clean even if it meets standards. If it doesn't start clean, it will be so much more difficult to get it to comply with standards.


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