We love the Pigeon River video contest
UPDATE: THE PERMIT HEARING HAS MOVED TO APRIL, CONTEST NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES UNTIL MARCH 1, 2021!
WINNERS ANNOUNCED MARCH 14, 2021 (INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR RIVERS)
We all have a deep love and appreciation for the Pigeon River, and we know that you do too!
Now's your chance to share a little bit of your love for the Pigeon and enter to win cool prizes in the process!
The contest is open for entries until March 1, 2021. We REALLY need folks to speak up for the Pigeon River BEFORE the next renewal of the NPDES permit for Blue Ridge Paper in Canton, NC.
It's easy to help!! Just follow the two steps below:
1. Submit your public comments to firstname.lastname@example.org asking for improved permit requirements prior to approval and a continuation of the use of color variance. (Please be sure to include Blue Ridge Paper Products, NC #0000272 in the email subject line). You can write your own comments, or here's an easy template for you to copy and paste for use:
Blue Ridge Paper Products, NC #0000272
THIS PERMIT IS UNACCEPTABLE
permit does not demonstrate the spirit of the Clean Water ACT NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) permitting system in that it does not actually reduce pollution
permit proposes an increase in the amount of chloroform
permit calls for a 17% increase in water taken from the Pigeon
permit calls for no changes and no reductions in pollution
permit calls for removal of the color variance
As a concerned citizen and lover of the Pigeon River, I/we feel it is in the best interest of the public (including both people and publicly held lands), the residential and commercial users of the river, and the natural ecosystems found in the Pigeon River and surrounding watershed areas to have the following addressed concerning Blue Ridge Paper Products, NC #0000272:
Keep the color variance until water quality standards are met, and the water is as clear downstream as it is upstream from the paper mill
Make no increases to chloroform, a carcinogenic chemical
Don't take more water for the paper mill without an environmental assessment
Water quality improvements should be made in every 5 year permitting cycle