One thing about the Samoa Pulp Mill that is rarely reported or discussed is the monitoring and clean up of the mill site.  The chemicals are still there from years of pollution.  MRP R1-2010-0023 was issued February 8, 2010 that outlined monitoring of toxins at the mill site. Correspondence about the monitoring is on the Geotracker site of the State Water Board along with the results of the Water tests for the first part of 2010.  All of this is very detailed and it would require a scientist to understand it all.  However, some of it is clear and disturbing.  The last entry was September 8, 2010 and it was summarized earlier on this blog.

It is surprising that there has been so little interest in the clean up of the site and in the possible and probable leaking into Humboldt Bay. Danger to Humboldt Bay has been mentioned again and again in correspondence from the  North Coast Water Board.

Enclosure A Technical Memorandum on the Geotracker Site says there are 26 monitoring wells.  It says, "Full compliance was not achieved with MRP No. R1-2010-0023 provisions 3,4,5,7, and the reporting requirements, and hence represent violations of the California Water Code. " "The omission of DO (dissolved oxygen) does not comply...." Two sample results show TDS (total dissolved solids) above the level acceptable for drinking water. "...results identify the presence of 10 different types of CVOCs (PCE (perchloroethylene), TCE (trichloroethylene), 1,1-DCE (dichloroethene), cis-1,2-DCE, 1,1-DCA, chloroform, 1,1,1-TCA, vinyl chloride, chloroethane 1,2-DCE. " Furthermore, Water Quality Objectives were exceeded for PCE, TCE, 1,1-DCE, Cis-1,2-DCE, Chloroform and vinyl chloride. Most or all of these are on the proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer.

Dissolved metals of concern that were detected include arsenic, chromium, hexavalent chromium, manganese and nickel all known to cause cancer. "All of the measured concentrations exceed the shallow groundwater numeric WQO (Water Quality Objectives)."  "Spatially, shallow groundwater regulatory thresholds are exeeded..." in 7 wells. Manganese is found is distributed throughout the site.

We will continue to follow the information on the monitoring and clean up. 

dedicated westender
11/17/2010 04:17:26 pm

Why is it everyone loves Erin Brockovich for exposing and fighting the company discharging hexavalent chromium but when it comes to local polluters that are endangering our lives, mum is the word. Anyone who speaks out about these crimes against humanity is considered weird or an ideological nut case?

11/20/2010 03:16:26 am

Its the mind set ,,as talked about before,,,,
Were not bad guys. Just young and hungry at the time.
So we did what we were told to do ,,
( and trusted them).

And why the "weird thing" Because as "MEN" we buck -up and provide for ours. Right and wrong become the norm.

12/10/2010 02:16:23 am

There will be a remedial action plan (cleanup plan) which will have a 30 day public comment period.

It is interesting that Georgia Pacific has a website reporting on the cleanup of the closed Fort Bragg pulp mill. We'll see if there is enough interest in the clean up of the Samoa Pulp Mill for Louisiana Pacific or Freshwater Pulp Mill to do something similar. So far, there has been no public discussion or interest.

12/16/2010 01:11:44 am

Look to the Tsunami burm. Drill a test well in the burm. We dug and dumped in deep trenchs. The exothermic fireworks made a good impression on most of us back in the 80,s.


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