Issues

About PTPC

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Water usage12-14 million gallons per day, more than 10x what all the rest of Port Townsend uses, and for free!

Water issues – Water and air pollution from the 35-acre treatment basin; toxic sludge from periodic dredging of the treatment basin; PTPC’s potable water – whence, who pays?; groundwater; runoff and leakage from onsite storage tanks, fuel & chip storage, general grounds and machinery; salty hog fuel; wood chips into bay from delivery barges; 100’s of creosoted pilings in the water, where PTPC was built out into Admiralty Inlet.

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Health

Air Pollution –

Data

On-site Landfill –

Off-site disposal – much goes to a landfill in Oregon. What’s the oversight of that?

Monitoring, Permitting – who is watching? who ya gonna call?

Cleanup, Financial Assurances – How much of PTPC’s eventual or on-going environmental  cleanup are the taxpayers on the hook for? PTAW managed to get some assurances in place for their on-site process waste landfill, but what about present or future cleanups of the rest of the site, operations, structures and any off-site environmental damage? What cleanup should PTPC undertake NOW? Can we protect taxpayers from having to eventually foot the bill? What can we learn from other toxic site cleanups?

Jobs, Economy, Community –

  • How much corporate welfare and shifting of costs does PTPC enjoy?
  • What do we want Port Townsend and Jefferson County to look like? Can we support a range of living wage jobs, especially ones that speak to our unique natural environment — including blue collar, maritime, agricultural, arts & artisans, services and others? Can we do so without sacrificing our health and the environment, or better, by supporting health and the environment?