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EPA cleaning up ‘enormous mess’ at former Samoa pulp mill in northern California; conducting investigation into conditions left by Evergreen Pulp

By Mon, Mar 31, 2014

EUREKA, CA, March 31, 2014 (Local News) -The very rain soaking reporters and government officials at the Samoa pulp mill this afternoon could have overflowed tanks of toxic chemicals near Humboldt Bay, Environmental Protection Agency coordinator Steve Calanaog said, had his agency not installed temporary overflow tanks.

EPA bigwigs, Congressman Jared Huffman, members of the U.S. Coast Guard Strike Team and others visited the pulp mill site to see the first two truckloads of pulping liquors off to Longview, Wash. (See this week's cover story, "Liquor Run.")

There was a jovial and at times earnest mood as Huffman thanked the coordination and quick efforts of the agencies. While the EPA monitors thousands of toxic superfund sites, EPA regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld said, the agency doesn't see situations like the pulp mill every day. Explosives and other dangerous chemicals were left unattended, unrefrigerated and in corroding tanks and labs. "There was no lock on the door - nothing," he said. "This is really an enormous mess."

North Coast Journal - First Liquor Trucks Leave the Pulp Mill

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