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Louisiana river rebounding one year after Temple-Inland mill caused massive fish kill; IP took on unresolved penalties

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Louisiana river rebounding one year after Temple-Inland mill caused massive fish kill; IP took on unresolved penalties

August 22, 2012 - 10:56
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BOGALUSA, LA, Aug. 22, 2012 (Local News) -At this time last year, hundreds of thousands of dead and decomposing fish and fresh water mussels were being scooped out of the Pearl River from Bogalusa southward through St. Tammany Parish. Local residents were still reeling at the magnitude and extent of the damage caused when black liquor from what was then Temple-Inland circumvented the company's treatment process, got into the river and choked the oxygen out of the water and the life out of its inhabitants that could not escape.

T-I admitted culpability, although the company did not report the incident, as is required, until after a member of the media had already alerted the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality with inquiries.

Since last August, when the water around Pool's Bluff was eerily still and the air was pungent with the stench of rotting flesh, International Paper Company acquired T-I, and took on the still unresolved penalties and the responsibility for making all of the required changes to the Bogalusa plant.

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