|ITT Rayonier is permitted to discharge waste water into the Altamaha River. I did some research and this is an excerpt from a rather large document. |
"Jesup Mill Effluent Issue — In March 2008, the Company and the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (“EPD”) entered into a consent order to resolve certain potential compliance issues relating to the Jesup mill’s permitted effluent discharged to the Altamaha River. Under the consent order, Rayonier has agreed to implement a color reduction plan which will include installation of additional brown stock washing capacity to better remove residual pulping liquors from cooked wood pulp and oxygen delignification technology which reduces the lignin content in the pulp prior to bleaching, spill recovery systems and modifications to certain operating practices. These projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2015, pursuant to a time frame set forth in the consent order, at a total cost of approximately $83.8 million. Through December 31, 2009, approximately $16.5 million has been spent. The consent order also provides for decreasing color limits in the mill’s effluent over the seven year period as projects are completed. No citations, fines or penalties are imposed by the consent order, except that stipulated penalties may be assessed by EPD in the event that the projects are not completed on the agreed schedule.
In December of 2008, Rayonier received a “sixty day letter” from lawyers representing a non-profit environmental organization, Altamaha Riverkeeper, Inc. (“ARK”), threatening a citizen’s suit under the federal Clean Water Act (the “CWA”) and analogous state law if ARK and Rayonier are unable to settle their differences within sixty days of the date of the letter. ARK primarily claims that the color and odor of the mill’s effluent violates provisions of the federal Clean Water Act and the Georgia Water Quality Control Act, and further asserts that the March 2008 consent order between EPD and the Company does not appropriately address the issues of concern. Rayonier believes that it has good defenses to ARK’s claims including, without limitation, that the mill is in compliance with both applicable law and its wastewater discharge permit issued by EPD, and that the consent order constitutes a bar to the threatened citizen suit under the applicable provisions of the CWA. However, to avoid the cost and risks of litigation, the Company has engaged in discussions with ARK to explore whether a settlement is possible. Assuming that no settlement is reached, ARK has the right to file a lawsuit against the Company in respect of its claims, although as of the date of this filing no such suit has been filed."
This is the entire document: www.faqs.org/sec-filings/100224/RAYONIER-INC_10-K/
|title||outfall No. 2, Rayonier Pulp Mill, Altamaha River, Doctortown, Wayne County, Georgia 3|
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