Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Pulp Mill coming clean!

The Federal Environmental Protection Agency has taken over the Harbor Districts recently acquired Pulp Mill. They are going to make sure the property is cleaned up properly. The site is considered a SUPERFUND pollution hazard and is on the fast tract for clean up. Then the Harbor District and the local community can put the property into the best use. And yes, the EPA workers are working through the government shutdown due to the urgency of the spill threat to our ocean and bay.

12 comments:

rick mitchell said...

Good job Richard, And thanks for the updates.

Anonymous said...

Will the polluters pay for this?

samoasoftball said...

That is for the EPA to decide.

Julie Timmons said...

Good news!

Anonymous said...

This is factually incorrect. The Site has an approved Brownsfields Grant for investigation. LP is still the responsible party for cleanup. It appears that the Brownsfields Grant was applied for with false information. I do not like paying for a mess that was created by a large viable corporation and a property transaction that I consider fraudulent to the Public by local politicians.

samoasoftball said...

12:44pm: What is your information source? Oh, anonymous right? Watch the news tonight for a statement from the EPA to hear the truth.

Anonymous said...

I was using the Water Board's September 10, 2013 case letter issued to LP and Jack Crider and SHN's September 2013 Report. Both of which can be found on the Geotracker Database along with most of the other file documents for this site.

The Site has a viable Responsible Party located a 414 Union Street, suite 2000, Nashville, TN 37219.

I searched the EPA's Brownsfield list for approved Grants and could not find this site in approved grants.

Anonymous said...

I just read the Channel 3 article. It appears that the EPA is going to remove a few of the above ground Black Liquor tanks that are an immediate threat. Pitching in about 200K to the 3 mil estimate. The main cleanup of the site, just like the town of Samoa, is below ground. This emergency action by the EPA looks good on the surface but only amounts to a small fraction of the cost the Harbor District will pay to remove all of the Black Liquor from the site that Evergreen left. The Black Liquor disposal is not LP's problem. It was Freshwater's problem but not anymore. Sorry for not knowing all the facts in my previous 2 posts.

Stephen said...

What is the composition of "black liquours"?

samoasoftball said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_liquor

Stephen said...

I think you can make some money back with that black lagoon stuff--looks nasty but maybe there's a green product or two just waiting to utilize tar guck. Humboldt Bay Co-op Molasses, don't get caught with it in your false pockets as you leave the store..

democraticJon said...

Great news. This is another example of the public interest coming to fix what the private interests broke. It's a fundamental problem with our system and it means we need to front end the system with smart, effective, efficient regulations and taxes to insure that costs of business are not externalized to the tax payer. In the end this is Democrats being better minders of the public budget than Republicans.