A "Limited Purpose" Permit for PTPC Protects Public and Environmental Health
  • Petitioned Jefferson County Board of Health

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Jefferson County Board of Health
Environmental Protection Agency - R10
Domenic Calabro
Jefferson County Health Officer
Dr. Tom Locke
Director, Dept. of Ecology
Ted Sturdevant

A "Limited Purpose" Permit for PTPC Protects Public and Environmental Health

    1. Port Townsend Watchdogs
    2. Petition by

      Port Townsend Watchdogs

      Port Townsend

"JEFFERSON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH & ECOLOGY WERE IN AGREEMENT THAT A LIMITED PURPOSE LANDFILL CLASSIFICATION WOULD BE THE MOST APPROPRIATE ONE FOR THIS LANDFILL . . ." - July 19, 2012 letter composed by Dr. Locke to Eveleen Muehlethaler, Vice-President Environmental Affairs, Port Townsend Paper Corporation

Why is Port Townsend Paper Corporation Fighting The Public on a Limited Purpose Landfill Permit for the Mill's Industrial Ash Landfill?

The Port Townsend Paper Corporation's industrial landfill is wrongly permitted as an "Inert" landfill. The mill is alone among all other paper mills in Washington in having an ash landfill permitted as "Inert". Every other industrial ash landfill is permitted as "Limited" Purpose.

An inert permit is for waste that is non-reactive, like gravel. If you put it in your mouth, it wouldn’t hurt you. Instead, the mill’s ash, as alkaline as 12.3 pH, is 10 times more caustic than ammonia. DOE points out that risks to human health and environmental groundwater contamination are in clear violation of the inert criteria law.

A Limited Purpose Landfill (LPL) permit requires groundwater monitoring and assurance of funds to close the landfill in the future. These requirements are necessary to detect problems of contamination at an early stage, and to have the user of a landfill pay for closure instead of a costly cleanup at taxpayer expense.

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    • Diana Somerville PORT ANGELES, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      Everyone needs and deserves clean air and water.

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    • RICHARD DARDEN BELLINGHAM, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      protecting the enviroment from toxic/harmful waste if a high priorty for me. The Port Townsend Paper Corporation needs to follow Washington State should not be exempted from the rules other mills have to abide by.

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    • Shirley Rivas PORT TOWNSEND, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      The citizens of Port Townsend deserve clean earth, water and air to breath. This land fill is not inert, it is highly toxic and is leaching into the aquifer, the bay and certainly the soil under and around the land the land fill

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    • STEPHEN BOYD PORT TOWNSEND, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      The Puget Sound ecosystem is fragile and this landfill is detrimentally near to the sound.

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    • Gretchen Brewer PORT TOWNSEND, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      Contour maps show historic cells starting to slough into the bay! 1.5 tons per year of lead is dumped by PTPC into the landfill. That's 15 tons in a 22 acre site over the last 10 years. That's certainly not inert!

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