We were surprised to find that most of the monitoring for pollutants from the Samoa Pulp Mill was done by the mill. In 2005 there were only one or two monitoring stations set up by the Air District and these only tested for particulates and not chemicals. There are more of these monitoring stations now, but they only test for a limited number of chemicals occasionally. Yes, the E.P.A. did come up to do site inspections, but distance and expense meant they didn't do it very often. Regulatory agencies depend on the polluter to do most of the testing.
Why is this important now that the Freshwater Tissue Co./ the Samoa Pulp Mill has announced that it does not plan to open again? The same laws, regulations, and lack of stringent testing is in place for other polluters. We as citizens need to pay attention.