Evidence mounts that the Gulf of Mexico is still and will be for years, suffering from the pollution caused by the BP disaster. Yet, another staggering amount of toxic waste, 20 times the size (by volume) of the BP spill on a daily basis, is being considered for our beleaguered Gulf.

An antiquated pulp mill owned by the Koch brothers is planning a 60 million gallon per day (mgd) pollution pipeline from the mill in Perry, Florida to the mouth of the Fenholloway River on the Gulf. Even though the mill makes $1 million/day in profit, the Koch brothers believe that the Gulf should absorb 40-60 mgd of dioxin contaminated industrial waste – in order to save the company money.

A 10-square mile dead zone already exists at the mouth of the river caused by 65 years of this pollution being dumped 26 miles upstream. The potential damage when it is moved to open waters could be catastrophic for the nearby important fisheries, some of the richest nursery areas in the NE Gulf today.

Please contact the Army Corps of Engineers and ask that they deny a permit to the Koch brothers for this pipeline at : Andrew.A.Kizlauskas@usace.army.mil

About the Author

Linda Young has been the executive director of the Clean Water Network of Florida since 1994. From 1989 to 1997, she founded and published a monthly statewide environmental newspaper. Over the past twenty three years, she has co-founded some of the most long-lasting and effective environmental organizations in the Southeast, including the Gulf Restoration Network, Gulf Coast Environmental Defense and C.A.T.E. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Southern Oregon University and a M.A. in Political Science/Campaign Management from the University of West Florida.

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