City Manager Hiring Survey No more free water for mill, clean up stink Due Fri 12-14-2018

The City of Port Townsend is seeking a new City Manager, and requests input from Citizens on what are our most important issues? Port Townsend City Manager Recruitment Survey– Due TODAY! December 14, 2018 “After 20 years as Port Townsend’s first City Manager, David Timmons is leaving this position in June of 2019. So we …

Comment by Dec 20, 2018 on Ecology’s proposal to close the “SSM Loophole”

Submit your comments by December 20, 2018 to WA Dept of Ecology on their proposed changes to the state’s “Startup-Shutdown-Malfunction” Exemption. The SSM Exemption has been a huge loophole allowing companies like Port Townsend Paper to avoid pollution penalties by attributing excess pollution to “oops” in their operations. In September 2008, the Sierra Club successfully …

Findings show hydrogen sulfide emissions from Arkansas paper mill over limit

Story for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette by Eric Besson, Emily Walkenhorst.  Originally published March 25, 2018, updated March 26, 20 CROSSETT — The release of hydrogen sulfide by a Georgia-Pacific paper mill here went unchecked and unregulated for decades, company officials said, and people who live nearby blame the toxic gas for their labored breathing. …

Dirty Little Secrets: New Jersey’s Poorest Live Surrounded by Contamination – WNYC News – WNYC

An investigation by [radio station] WNYC finds most of the state’s poorest residents are living near a contaminated site with no plan in place to clean it up. And it’s not entirely clear whether anybody even knows with certainty what the risks are. According to an analysis by WNYC’s Data News Team, 89 percent of …

EPA’s ECHO database compiles PTPC pollution history

EPA’s ECHO database (Environmental Compliance History Online) yields some great information once you get exploring around in it. An EPA official showed me that by following the “Facility Search” link, it brought me to a page that combines annual pollution data for Port Townsend Paper that is collected through three EPA programs (TRI, NAAQS and GHG), …