Sunday, December 7, 2014

Why is the Port Townsend Paper Mill ALLOWED by the City of Port Townsend and Jefferson County Washington to put KNOWN Toxins into the Air, Water and Soil?

The Port Townsend Paper Mill is MAKING YOU SICK, Lowering Your Immune System and causing you Serious Health Risks.

Why is Deborah Stinson, Local Commissioner such a seemingly, advocate for the Port Townsend Paper Mill? Whats in it for Deborah Stinson ?

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Why does the Port Townsend Leader seem to LOVE Roger Hagan?

Why does the Port Townsend Leader seem to flat out LIE about the TOXINS that the Port Townsend Paper Mill puts into YOUR AIR, Your Water, Your Soil?

Who is the County Commissioner that is rumored to be getting a direct payment from the mill to an account that in no way can be connected to them, to keep the Port Townsend Paper mill in business? Which is the business of poisoning the air, soil and water of Port Townsend.

Why does the Port Townsend Leader print false information and SUPPORT Port Townsend Paper over the Civil and Human Rights of the Port Townsend Residents?

The NPDES is under the federal Clean Water Act. Washington has an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the program; Why is the Washington DEQ and EPA protecting the Port Townsend Mill to POISON YOU?

What subsidies does the City of Port Townsend and Jefferson County Washington get from the National Paper Mill Groups to keep the paper mill here? And who gets that money?

It seems to me that the Port Townsend Paper Mill is violating the Clean Air Act as Well as the Clean Water Act, Time to STOP THEM.

Why DOES the MILL monitor Themselves? Seriously Folks WAKE UP

"Trouble in the air at Port Townsend"

Why Does Jefferson County Public Health NOT protect the HEALTH of Jefferson County?

Research Links; the TOXIN Spewing into the Air and Water FROM the Port Townsend Paper Mill is Blatant, Obvious and a Serious Health Risk to ALL.

PT Paper emits 1.6 times as much CO2 as ALL other sources in Jefferson County Washington
"Here’s the connection to Jefferson County’s largest polluter, the Port Townsend Paper mill.

CO2e emissions are one of the major drivers of ocean acidification, the changes in chemistry that threaten local natural shellfish stocks, marine life and habitat.

Port Townsend Paper is by far Jefferson County’s largest emitter of CO2e.

Port Townsend Paper= 611,864 tons per year of CO2e

All others sources in Jefferson County WA = 383,748 tons per year CO2e

That includes industrial, commercial, residential, transportation and solid waste.

Here’s your take-away: PTPC’s emissions amount to a whopping 61% of all CO2e emissions in the County!

Stated another way, PTPC emits 1.6 times all other sources in Jefferson County combined!"

"Consider the role of Jefferson County WA’s largest individual greenhouse gas emitter, the Port Townsend Paper Corporation: PTPC emits over 61% of all CO2e emissions in Jefferson County from all sources combined including industrial, commercial, transportation and residential!"

Port Townsend Paper Mill Information, my Facebook Page

You are Breathing These Chemicals

Port Townsend Paper Mill Emissions

Background-About Port Townsend Paper Mill

"Summary of Air Quality Issues and Identification of Information
 Needed to Address Community Health Concerns

Port Townsend Paper Mill Category High

"PT Airwatchers came to a Jeff Co. Community Rights Coalition (CCRC) General Assembly meeting on March 23, 2014 to give our group an update the efforts of PT Airwatchers to bring the mill to higher standards of keeping the air, water and soil clean around the mill."

Link to ORCAA article on issues of Ultrafine particle pollution


Paper Mill Watch Blog


Qulicene Watershed Document

More Research Links

"Even short-term exposure to low levels of pollutants can damage lungs"

"Air pollution effects are many, and they may be truly damaging"

Pulp pollution is a serious problem. Pulp and paper mills pollute our water, air, and soil. The pulp and paper industry is one of the largest and most polluting industries in the world; it is the third most polluting industry in North America.
There are about 500 kraft mills (including about 45 in Canada and 100 in the US), and many thousands of other types of pulp and paper mills, in the world. 

"Pulp and paper mills use a variety of chemical substances potentially hazardous to .... and alkaline oxides such as sodium, magnesium, ammonium or calcium."
"Cancer risk associated with pulp and paper mills: a review.."

Children's Health and the Environment

Air Pollution, Sources and Characteristics

List of Regulated Pollutants

Environmental Pollution and its Impact - Paper Mills
Unchecked emissions 1.3 Deaths a year.

"Dale Stahl, Amcol, Port Townsend Paper; Port Townsend NEEDS to STOP Catering to AMCOL and the Mill Stench and SUE the Mill, Washing DEQ, and the EPA."
"Complaints from nearby residents about "burning eyes, irritated throats and headaches" have led the city of Irwindale, Calif., to ask a judge to order the company that makes Sriracha hot sauce to suspend production."

Port Townsend NEEDS to Do this and SHUT Down the Paper Mill. Folks you are Breathing Massive Toxins. "City Council passes environmental bill of rights"

For more Research on the Port Townsend Paper Mill 
and the Stench in 
the Air in Port Townsend

"Air emissions of hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan, dimethyl sulfide, dimethyl disulfide, and other volatile sulfur compounds are the cause of the odor characteristic of pulp mills utilizing the kraft process. Other chemicals that are released into the air and water from most paper mills include the following:[23]
carbon monoxide
nitrogen oxide
volatile organic compounds, chloroform.
Benzene is a natural constituent of crude oil, and is one of the most elementary petrochemicals. Benzene is an aromatic hydrocarbon and the second [n]-annulene ([6]-annulene), a cyclic hydrocarbon with a continuous pi bond. It is sometimes abbreviated Ph–H. Benzene is a colorless and highly flammable liquid with a sweet smell. It is mainly used as a precursor to heavy chemicals, such as ethylbenzene and cumene, which are produced on a billion kilogram scale. Because it has a high octane number, it is an important component of gasoline, comprising a few percent of its mass. Most non-industrial applications have been limited by benzene’s carcinogenicity."

Data sources

PT Paper’s Pollution Permits. See bottom of page about who regulates the mill.
WA Dept of Ecology Industrial Section’s page for Port Townsend Paper Current activity or other Ecy permits for PT Paper under review . See next link to go directly to PTPC’s water and air permits
Air and water discharge Permits – WA Dept of Ecology Industrial Section. At left-hand side click on “Permits” and scroll to Port Townsend Paper. air=Air Operating Permit. water=NPDES/National Pollution Discharge Elimination [sic] System. Issued for 5 years.
On-site Landfill permit – and related documents. Jeffco WA Health Dept. Toxic site was erroneously changed to “inert” status for a few years. Permit expired in 2009. Citizens brought it to review to revert to “limited purpose”, although it arguably could/should be reviewed for “hazardous” designation. June 2014-still under review.
–Data. Email us for summaries that we’ve compiled. – Toxic Trends Mapper – enter “Port Townsend Paper” in the search box. Nice interactive site.
For actual numbers re PTPC’s annual toxic pollutant releases to land-air-water, combine data from these three sources. Be aware of different units – pounds, tons, grams:
1. EPA TRI Explorer – Look up PTPC’s releases of toxic pollutants to air-water-soil. Under “geographic location”, select “zip code” in the drop-down list and enter zip code 98368; select the year of interest and click Generate Report.
ORCAA’s annual “emissions inventory” for Jefferson County used to be online. Now you must email and ask for them. Then extract the info for Port Townsend Paper.
3. eGGRT/EPA’s electronic greenhouse gas reporting tool . PTPC emits around 610,000 *tons* of CO2e annually = 1.6x the rest of Jefferson County, all sources combined. In the center box on the page, enter Washington and on the resulting map, zoom to Port Townsend Paper in Jefferson County.
EPA Envirofacts – Find PTPC’s ownership, facility ID,  registered agents, etc. etc. Some of the links work, some don’t.
–Air monitoring –  ORCAA operates a single basic station atop Blue Heron School, where it gets as much clean ocean air as mill air. It comprises a “nephelometer” measures and tracks PM 2.5, PM 10.0 and a weather station. The link to the station is easy to find. The historic data, not so much. If you find it before I do, send it and I’ll post it.
In the 1970′s the Federal Clean Air Act was enacted; EPA delegated implementation to state ecology departments, who in turn delegated enforcement to smaller “regional air authorities.” However, three industries — kraft pulp mills, aluminum smelters, and concrete plants — worked backroom deals to be regulated by the state departments of ecology. Thus, air pollution permitting Nippon Paper in Port Angeles is under ORCAA, while Port Townsend Paper, a kraft pulp mill, is under WA’s Department of Ecology Industrial Section. The different agencies have different cultures and apply different standards.
On-site landfill is regulated by the Jefferson County Health Department
ASB – aerated stabilization basin, 35-acre wastewater treatment “pond”. Ecology does not require a permit for this foetid morass. We are looking into it. Until Jefferson County’s March 2014 SMP/Shoreline Master Plan update, the ASB was included in Port Townsend Bay’s shoreline, so activity within the ASB should have been overseen by the Army Corp of Engineers but we have found no record of such oversight being exercised.
Wood chip storage – we have not learned of any permitting required for what looks to be 35+ acres of mountains of chips, although every 5-10 years they seem to burst into fire.
Remediation funds – aka “Financial assurances”. Industrial sites are legally supposed to post escrow funds to cover eventual costs of cleaning up toxic legacies. WA Dept of Ecology has not required Port Townsend Paper to do so, leaving Jeffco and WA taxpayers liable for $millions in costs.
Other reporting –
Certification of fuels –
Reprocessed fuel oil (about 20% of PTPC’s fuel) – ?
Construction waste (about 30% of PTPC’s fuel?) – ?
Barge deliveries of chips, fuel oil — U.S. Coast Guard
Truck deliveries of chips, fuel oil — WA Dept of Ecology Industrial Section
Spills from barge deliveries — ?
On-site asbestos abatement — ? PTPC’s environmental compliance manager says that PTPC files annual reports about on-site asbestos. ORCAA & Ecology deny their having any oversight duties. Perhaps WISHA (WA equivalent of OSHA)? 

Is the Port Townsend Paper Mill putting out 500 lbs of oil and grease daily? IS this Acceptable levels by law???

Is the Port Townsend Paper Mill putting out 1,000 lbs. ammonia daily? IS this Acceptable levels by law???

Is the Port Townsend Paper Mill putting out 53,337 lbs. sulphates daily ? IS this Acceptable levels by law???

Is the Port Townsend Paper Mill putting out 10,314 lbs magnesium daily ? IS this Acceptable levels by law???

Is the Port Townsend Paper Mill putting an unlawful amount of toxins into the Air?

Is the Port Townsend Paper Mill putting an unlawful amount of toxins into the Soil?

Is the Port Townsend Paper Mill putting an unlawful amount of toxins into the Water?

Is the Port Townsend Paper Mill in Federal and State Compliance for REAL, or is someone paid off somewhere?

Is the Port Townsend Paper Mill reporting accurately on any aquifer testing ?

Is the Port Townsend Paper Mill Environmental Director acting withing the law on all issues?

Was there EVER falsified reports of Toxicity in the history of the Port Townsend Paper Mill ?

I Say SUE all AMCOL Board of Directors for Poisoning you, 
KNOWINGLY, with Actual Malice and Willful, Wanton Intent

"John Hughes | age 69, Chairman of the Board; Chief Executive Officer of AMCOL from 1985 until 2000. While Chief Executive Officer of AMCOL, Mr. Hughes developed a special understanding of the workings of AMCOL. He has used this experience to make contributions while on the Board.
Ryan McKendrick| age 60, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since January 2011. Prior thereto, Chief Operating Officer of AMCOL since January 2010, Senior Vice President of AMCOL and President of CETCO since 1998, and President of Volclay International Corporation since 2002. Mr. McKendrick has made contributions to the Board using his extensive knowledge of AMCOL developed during his service in various positions with the Company.
Arthur Brown| age 71, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hecla Mining Company, a producer of precious metals. Also a director of Idaho Independent Bank and Chairman of the Board of Silvermex Resources Ltd., an emerging silver producer. Mr. Brown has extensive mining experience, management and financial experience in various leadership positions as well as board experience, and has contributed his experience to the Board.
Daniel P. Casey | age 69, Private investor since 2002. Retired Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board of Gaylord Container Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of brown paper and packaging products. Also retired Chairman of the Board of Caraustar Industries, Inc., a recycled packaging company. Mr. Casey has made contributions to the Board based on his board and financial management experience.
Frederick J. Palensky, Ph.D | age 62, Executive Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer of 3M Company, a diversified technology company, since 2006. Prior thereto, Dr. Palensky served in a variety of management positions during his 35 year career at 3M. From 2004 through 2011, Dr. Palensky served as a director of Shigematsu Works Co. LTD, a manufacturer of particulate and chemical cartridge respirators in Japan. Dr. Palensky’s extensive management experience and technical expertise has enabled him to make contributions to the Board.
Jay D. Proops | age 70, Private investor since 1995. Prior thereto, Vice Chairman and co-founder of The Vigoro Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of fertilizers and related products. Mr. Proops’ financial and public company experience has resulted in continued contributions to the Board.
Clarence O. Redman | age 69, Retired. Previously, of counsel to Locke Lord LLP from 1997 to 2007, the law firm that serves as corporate counsel to AMCOL. Secretary of AMCOL from 1982 to 2007. Mr. Redman’s experience as managing partner of a law firm, as well as his insight into AMCOL developed as outside counsel and Secretary, have led to contributions to the Board.
Dale E. Stahl | age 64, Executive Chairman of Port Townsend Holdings Company, Inc., a manufacturer of containerboard and corrugated packaging, since January 2011. Mr. Stahl served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer from 2000 through 2003 of Inland Paperboard and Packaging, Inc., a manufacturer of containerboard and corrugated boxes. Prior thereto, Mr. Stahl served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Gaylord Container Corporation. Mr. Stahl has executive and operational experience developed in leadership positions at various companies which he has used to contribute to his service on the Board.
Audrey L. Weaver | age 57, Private investor for at least the last 5 years. Ms. Weaver continues to use her knowledge of AMCOL and Board experience to contribute to the Board.
Paul C. Weaver | age 49, Private investor since 2006. Prior thereto, Vice President of Information Resources, Inc. from 2002 to 2006 and Managing Partner of Consumer Aptitudes, Inc. from 1997 to 2002 (both companies engage in marketing research). Mr. Weaver has extensive experience in marketing, as well as consumer and retailer research. He has made continued contributions to the operations of the Board.

Donald J. Gallagher | age 60, Mr. Gallagher, has served in a variety of management positions during his 31 year career at Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. and currently serves as Executive Vice President and President, Global Commercial. Mr. Gallagher served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from 2003 through 2006. Cliffs Natural Resources is an international mining and natural resources company. Mr. Gallagher also serves on the Board of Directors of Fifth Third Bank’s NE Ohio affiliate.
William H. Schumann, III | age 61, Mr. Schumann, is scheduled to retire from FMC Technologies, Inc. on August 31 after serving in a variety of financial and management positions during his 31 year career at FMC Corporation and FMC Technologies. Mr. Schumann currently serves as an Executive Vice President and served as Chief Financial Officer from 2001 to 2011 at FMC Technologies. FMC Technologies is a leading global provider of technology solutions for the energy industry. Mr. Schumann also serves on the Board of Directors of Avnet, Inc., a distributor of electronic components, enterprise computer and storage products and embedded subsystems.

Other Possible Defendants

Dale E. Stahl , Roger Hagan

Amcol International Corp.

PT Holdings Company, Inc.

USDA, Forest Service
(Quilcene River Obligations and Liability)
Jefferson County Health Department

WA Dept. of Ecology

State of Washington Water Pollution Control

Washington State Department of Ecology



Also you can file Criminal Charges against these same folks, and you don't need an attorney to file these lawsuits. You have RIGHTS.

Start a Blog, Upload a Video, Make a STAND Port Townsend. You have LEGAL Rights. THESE folks don't live here, for the most part. They simply make money from POISONING YOU.