Freshwater Pulp spokesman Bob Simpson is going to give Congressman Mike Thompson a presentation on the Future of Evergreen Pulp with a business plan/vision this weekend. If you are past worker of the plant with hopes of returning to work there, you should call Mike's office and let them know you support Freshwater's plan. Just call 269-9595 and tell them to put you on record as supporting the future of the Pulp Mill. (Converting to a limited capacity Totally Chlorine Free pulp mill with toilet paper converting capacity.)
Since the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District has shut water off to the mill, the water has been shut off to the industrial line that feeds the fire suppression lines from DG Power north to the Samoa Bridge. That has effectively shut down the town of Samoa's Fire suppression system. The 2 million gallon tank has water in it put has no pressure other than head pressure. If there is a structure fire call in this area someone needs to request Arcata's and Humboldt's water tenders to respond.
"Barry Van Sickle from the water district needs to be contacted as well by phone please put this number in your cell phone in case of emergency 499-2740 cell or 822-2918 work. He too should be called on dispatch however it is ultimately up to us to notify him that we need him to respond to open the water valves." I heard at the last Samoa Peninsula Fire Board meeting that there are people available 24 hours a day to open the line.
Now the question is, will the valves and water lines be able to be charged quickly without risk of bursting? I hope they do some trial runs. At Peninsula Union School there will be training in the near future on how to "draft" water out of the swimming pool there to fight a fire at the school.