• WA Dept of Ecology Industrial Section (DOE) oversees the Port Townsend Paper mill and takes reports of odor and other concern. Their contacts are:
360-407-7393 Angie Fritz <email@example.com> Shingo Yamazaki <firstname.lastname@example.org>
• If you’re on facebook, join MillOdorous to make a local report that will be put on a map that is circulated monthly to officials in the county to let them know that there IS a problem.
Tell them what they need to know: Date Time Location Description Intensity(1-10) Effect
Template for easy emailing:
To: “Shingo Yamazaki” <email@example.com>, “Angie Fritz” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: PTPC Odor & Fumes report for [date(s)]
Odor/Fume report re Port Townsend Paper Corporation
Noise, Haze, Other: x
It affected my use and enjoyment of property and/or affected health, safety or welfare, and/or causes damage to property or business
*Note: Ecology may tell you that they have no jurisdiction over noise. However, people often find the mill’s noise intrusive. Until we have a definitive place for reporting it, including mill noise on your report at least makes it part of an official record.
Periodic community maps Mill Odor Report Maps
• WA Dept of Ecology Industrial Section is the official enforcer of Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act laws for PTPC and similar industries. Reports to them create an official record of the mill’s toxic trespass and the effect of its fumes on the community. That record is used for immediate action, and most importantly, builds a paper trail for future remedies.
Note: the Regional Clean Air Agency (Olympic Region Clean Air Agency/ORCAA is ours), does not oversee a few companies, PTPC among them, which are instead under WA DOE for oversight.
• MillOdorous is a community mill-odor mapping to provide officials with a regular snapshot of where we experience the mill’s fumes. To join the group, follow the link and contact the page’s admin. As members submit date, location, intensity and comments, volunteers pin a map and regularly send the most recent map(s) and comments to a host of officials who should be watching out for our well-being. This keeps them aware so that we can hold them to action, and provides support when they decide to do so — besides being a reality check that you’re not alone, and a lot of us suffer under the mill’s fumes.
OUR COLLECTIVE LUNGS AND HEALTH THANK YOU!