At a meeting at the Planning Department of the County of Humboldt, a Permit was granted this morning for the demolition of three buildings at the pulp mill.  It did not appear that the public was notified of the meeting.  The Air District was not notified of the meeting.  There were concerns voiced during public comment that the Freshwater Tissue Co. project did not meet the requirements for an exemption to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) . A CEQA study could help prevent accidents and spills during the removal and transport of toxins from the site.  Planning Department staff discussed precautions that will be taken to prevent accidents. This permit can be appealed to the State Coastal Commission. Toxins will be trucked out on Broadway/Highway 101.

Bob
1/21/2011 01:22:26 pm

Gee, I got a notice of the meeting.

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Bob Simpson
1/22/2011 12:50:17 am

The comment above seems to be trying to confuse people to think it was written by me. Once again, it was not. As Carol knows, I was unable to make the meeting.

Now, let's correct this blog...

1) There are two buildings being demolished. The old recovery boiler building and the bleach plant.

2) The meeting was properly noticed in the North Coast Journal.

3) The concerns voiced were that of Carol Binder and her friend.

4) The only toxin being hauled off site is asbestos. The contractor began hauling it off in early December. The air board issued the permit and the substance is being trucked away in enclosed bins.

5) All of the remaining chemicals will be hauled away when we permit phase 2 of the demolition plant and it will likely be shipped to other pulp mills via barge. Only scrap steel is leaving the Samoa site during phase 1 of the demolition plan.

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Bob
1/25/2011 06:25:06 am

It was not my intent to confuse people nor to portray myself as Mr. Simpson, simply to state a fact. My apologies.

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Bob Simpson
1/26/2011 04:48:27 am

Bob,

Thank you for clearing that up. I appreciate your integrity.

Cheers!

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