Even as the Pearl River struggles to recover from 2011’s massive fish kill, the paper mill behind this illegal killing of hundreds of thousands of fish is attempting to renew its permit to pollute. We must protect our waterways by telling the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) that we demand a more protective permit!
It is within our power as citizens to make sure that LDEQ adequately protects the Pearl. That is why we are asking you to send an email demanding the following improvements to the proposed permit:
• The mill must monitor for and have limits on all toxic and polluting chemicals that might be discharged from the mill.
• The mill must put in place an enforceable plan to systematically reduce the pollution that flows out of the mill.
• The mill must develop a stormwater plan that will be capable of withstanding a 100-year storm.
The Pearl River lives up to its name: it is a natural gem that is vital to the health, livelihoods, and happiness of so many residents of Louisiana and Mississippi. We can’t afford another disaster on the Pearl. Join us in asking the LDEQ to make the mill’s permit more protective—an important step in preserving the Pearl for generations to come.
Matt Rota is GRN's Senior Policy Director.