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August 2017 Newsletter

The August 2017 Newsletter is thankful for all our members and their support. The newsletter also explains why we have never gotten support from either political party and it looks at the recent chemical analysis of clams fromthe bay.

June 2017 Newsletter

The June 2017 Newsletter describes how dark and dirty and dead Perdido Bay has been since IP began full operation. The most recent TRI from EPA shows that 75% of the toxic emissions are in the air. IP's Chemical Oxygen Demand which is toxic is going up as well with highs of 52,000 pounds per day.

April 2017 Newsletter

The The April 2017 Newsletter gives some tips on being a good steward of the environment for Earth Day; reports that International Paper is back in full operation; and the need for a functioning EPA.

February 2017 Newsletter

The The February 2017 Newsletter describes the Jan. 22, 2017 explosion at the IP mill and also considers the draft 2017 SWIM plan for Perdido Bay of the Northwest Florida Water Management District

December 2016 Newsletter

The December 2016 Newsletter gives an overview of the recent permitting activities for IP on Perdido Bay and examines the huge amount of wastes which are allowed to be discharged into our bay .

October 2016 Newsletter

The October 2016 Newsletter looks at the new pipeline which is going in along U.S. 98 in Alabama and carries wastewater from Lillian north to a small creek. Also more information on nutrients entering Perdido Bay from ECUA and IP

August/September Newsletter

The August/September Newsletter explains how the upper and lower bay differ after much rain. The Newsletter also looks at the spirit of the Clean Water Act which allows pollution.

June 2016 Newsletter

The June 2016 Newsletter examines how much domestic sewage is coming into the Perdido Watershed. The newsletter asks why we do not have algae blooms especially because the nutrients are high. The answer must be herbicides.

April 2016 Newsletter

The April 2016 Newsletter thanks all our members who have continued to donate money all these years. The Newsletter also looks at how the RESTORE money will benefit International Paper and reports on IP's latest progress report which found that 90% of the trees in the wetlands had died.

February 2016 Newsletter

The February 2016 Newsletter looks at IP's permit which expired in 2015. The newsletter also gives values for International Paper's December discharge monitoring report - a chemical oxygen demand of 36,000 pounds per day!

December 2015 Newsletter

The December 2015 Newsletter considers our small world and some solutions to control world-wide pollution. The newsletter also discusses the "fake" science which was used in Perdido Bay to support a nutrient rule.

October 2015 Newsletter

The October 2015 Newsletter publishes the results of our members' survey where the majority of our members consider life in the bay to be less than in the past years. We also summarize what we hope to accomplish by continuing to exist.

August 2015 Newsletter

The August 2015 Newsletter contains a survey for our members to fill out. It also has an article about what Perdido Bay meant to families in the 1950's. A second look at PCB profiles and dioxin found in sediments of Perdido Bay reveals that this is material from scrubbers dumbed into wastewater treatment ponds.

June 2015 Newsletter

The June 2015 Newsletter explains why IP's wetland discharge may help them get different limits so that they may be able to get a permit without a Consent Order, and it looks at an ally of paper mills, the forestry industry.

April 2015 Newsletter

The April 2015 Newsletter examines an old lawsuit filed in 2000 and explains why the coal/biomass fuel which IP uses is very polluting.

February 2015 Newsletter

The February 2015 Newsletter looks at the recent health of Perdido Bay and describes the new International Paper permit application which contains information about toxicity of IP's effluent.

December 2014 Newsletter

The December 2014 Newsletter discusses how the environmental agencies are hiding the truth about the health of Perdido Bay; announces that chlorine was found in 11-mile Creek; and gives preliminary results of our dioxin testing.

September 2014 Newsletter

The September 2014 Newsletter explains why old polluting paper mills continue to exist; it looks at the St. Joe Company and the new 2nd largest landowner in Florida; tells why you should support Amendment #1 on the Florida ballot; and gives tribute to Joy Morrill .

July 2014 Newsletter

The July/August 2014 Newsletter looks back at some old decisions of Friends of Perdido Bay; discusses how all the wastewater in Escambia County ends up in Perdido Bay and discusses the injustice in Florida's nutrient rule; and looks at the toxic algae Heterosigma.

May 2014 Newsletter

The May 2014 Newsletter looks at some of the damage from the recent floods; shows an aerial photo of IP's aeration stabilization basin with aerators which are not operating at complete horsepower; prints a dissenting opinion about climate change; and talks about the faulty science we have seen on Perdido Bay.

March 2014 Newsletter

The March 2014 newsletter looks at changes which are being made in insurance and policy due to climate changes and rising sea levels; discusses the flushing of duckweed into the bay after heavy rains; and asks for volunteers for a crab watch program.

January 2014 Newsletter

The January 2014 Newsletter reaffirms that the major source of pollution into Perdido Bay is the International Paper mill in Cantonment FL; looks at some heavy metal testing in the sediments, and describes what the northern end of Perdido Bay looks like.

October 2013 Newsletter

The October 2013 Newsletter contemplates what Friends of Perdido Bay's direction for the future will be; looks at an old lawsuit filed in 2000, and discusses the increased premiums from the flood insurance.

August 2013 Newsletter

The August 2013 Newsletter identifies the IP paper mill as the dominant polluter of Perdido Bay; looks at the water quality in Perdido Bay this summer; and revisits wetland protection in Escambia County, FL.

May/June 2013 Newsletter

The May/June 2013 Newsletter contains additional comments on the historical article in the last newsletter. There is also an article on how the DEP is twisting the truth on Perdido Bay - lies into truths. An article describes how IP is increasing production at the Cantonment mill and more.

March/April 2013 Newsletter

The March/April 2013 Newsletter is a copy of an article which appeared in "The New Harper's Magazine" in 1874. The article talks about the logging industry on Perdido Bay just after the Civil War and describes the little railroad which carried logs and lumber from Perdido Bay to the Port of Pensacola. Interesting history!

January/February 2013 Newsletter

The January/February 2013 Newsletter discusses how the Florida DEP is twisting the science on Perdido Bay. The lies by the government agency which is charged with protecting the environment of Florida is disturbing. An example, is the statement that there were never any grassbeds in Upper Perdido Bay. This is a lie. Also discussed, are the new nutrient standards which have been set for Perdido Bay.

November/December 2012 Newsletter

The November/December 2012 Newsletter talks about the huge "black liquor tax rebate" which the IRS has given to the paper companies. The mercury problem in fish and the weakening of environmental rules is also discussed.

Sept/October 2012 Newsletter

The Sept/October 2012 Newsletter gives a testimonial to Jim Lane, one of the founders of Friends of Perdido Bay, who died recently. The newsletter also discusses an article in the Pensacola News Journal about IP's clean-up. The newspaper made it seem like IP spent $60 million to clean up Perdido Bay when in truth they spent $60 million so that they could expand production.

July/August 2012 Newsletter

The July/August 2012 Newsletter discusses how dilution makes a difference in Perdido Bay. The newsletter also looks at the new nutrient rule DEP is proposing for Perdido Bay and mentions heavy metals found in the sediments.

May/June 2012 Newsletter

The May/June 2012 Newsletter discusses why Friends' support for the paper mill to run a pipeline to Escambia Bay was a mistake. The newsletter also looks at the recent permits issued to IP for approximately 27 wells to withdraw process water from the ground and more.

March 2012 Newsletter

The March 2012 Newsletter looks back over the strange events which have occurred over the years which Friends of Perdido Bay has been involved. The newsletter also discusses the massive pollution contributed by the paper mill.

January 2012 Newsletter

The January 2012 Newsletter gives you an update on the nutrient rule Florida is trying to pass. Wonders if you will remember a clean Perdido Bay. And more

November 2011 Newsletter

The November 2011 Newsletter gives you an update on IP's progress on their wetland and treatment projects. We also explain why there is an increased risk of infection by swimming in Perdido Bay..

August/September 2011 Newsletter

The August/September 2011 Newsletter asks why the paper mill is still dumping in Perdido Bay when it was found to be very susceptible to harm from pollution. There is also an article about Emerald Coast's pipeline around the IP treatment ponds to the wetlands surrounding Perdido Bay..

June/July 2011 Newsletter

The June/July 2011 Newsletter has an article about the latest round of "Impaired Water" meetings for Perdido Bay. The Florida DEP is proposing taking the bay off the impaired list for nutrients. There is also an article about the nutrient rule the environmental agencies are trying to pass for Florida....

April 2011 Newsletter

The April 2011 Newsletter looks at all the pipelines which are headed for Perdido Bay. The newsletter also explains how International Paper Company is putting more and more of their costs onto us, the public, in order to save money.

February 2011 Newsletter

The February 2011 Newsletter includes articles about how the EPA has declared a once beautiful creek permanently polluted, why the bay water is clear in the winter, and more

December 2010 Newsletter

The December 2010 Newsletter informs our readers about the building of the pipeline to the wetlands in spite of the fact that the permit has not been approved in the appeals court. It also explains why biomass is a bad source of energy. And more

October 2010 Newsletter

The October 2010 Newsletter gives you the latest update on the appeal of the IP permit. The newsletter revisits the dioxin issue in Perdido Bay and summarizes our views on two amendments to FL and AL constitutions.

July 2010 Newsletter

The July 2010 Newsletter discusses the oil spill and how it has impacted Perdido Bay and local waters. The July newsletter also looks at the regulatory failures as regards the oil spill and Perdido Bay. The insert of Blowout prevention legislation is also included

May 2010 Newsletter

The May 2010 Newsletter gives you some pointers on how to live lightly in the spirit of Earth Day. There is also information on the recent Consent Order which DEP issued to IP and what IP is supposed to do and when. And our take on DEP's lack of enforcement.

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February 2010 Newsletter

The February 2010 Newletter announces the public meeting on DEP's intent to allow an increase in wetland discharge. Also we talk about the judge's decision in the latest IP permit. Read the entire newsletter.

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January 2010 Newsletter

The January 2010 Newletter again looks at recent attempts by state and federal environmental agencies to weaken environmental rules and make pollution legal; the newsletter also highlights the local utility's attempt to increase the effluent going to wetlands surrounding Perdido Bay.

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April 2009 Newsletter

The April 2009 Newletter gives you an update on the administrative hearing progress, the challenge to the wetland rule and some past history on stakeholders involved with Champion. Currently the Florida DEP is saying that the wetlands exemption rule does not allow IP to violate water quality standards in the wetlands.

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November 2009 Newsletter

The November 2009 Newletter looks at recent attempts by state and federal environmental agencies to weaken environmental rules and make pollution legal; the newsletter also explains why we think IP is fudging their results which they report to DEP

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October 2009 Newsletter

The October 2009 Newletter has the latest update on the completed administrative hearing challenging IP's permit to discharge to wetlands; it also looks at where some of the sewage is going and how it might impact the Perdido Bay watershed.

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July 2009 Newsletter

The July 2009 Newletter gives you information on the recently completed administrative hearing in which Friends challenged the proposed permit for IP to discharge to wetlands; there is information on nutrients in Perdido Bay and the giant rebate congress gave to the paper industry.

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April 2009 Newsletter

The April 2009 Newletter gives you an update on the administrative hearing progress, the challenge to the wetland rule and some past history on stakeholders involved with Champion. Currently the Florida DEP is saying that the wetlands exemption rule does not allow IP to violate water quality standards in the wetlands.

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February 2009 Newsletter

The February 2009 Newsletter gives you all the latest information about the administrative hearing, and about some of our witnesses. Dr. George Crozier says Perdido Bay is too narrow and deep to have a pollution load like the paper mill. The bay does not flush properly.

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December 2008 Newletter

The December newsletter has information about an ECUA water pipeline, the latest Dr. Livingston report, and a short summary of an air pollution report

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October 2008 Newletter

The October newsletter contains updates on the progress of our administrative hearing. Hearing dates have been set for January 14 through 16 and 20 through 23, 2009. Our plans for a fund raiser at the Flora-Bama on November 23, 2008 are given

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August 2008 Newletter

The August Newletter contains some of our objections to the 'new' IP permit which we have currently challenged. Attempts to build 'toll roads' through the Perdido River watershed and new wastewater for Bayou Marcus are also discussed

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June 2008 Newsletter

The June newsletter describes how Dr. Livingston ignored the "real" problems caused by the paper mill on our bay. Read what some of the real problems are.

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April/May 2008 Newsletter

The April/May newsletter critics the wetland plan of International Paper and tells you where to write your comments. IP's plan is the same plan which a judge denied previously. Also we show how industry uses modeling for a dishonest purpose

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February 2008 Newsletter

The February 2008 news letter contains some history on the past efforts to "clean-up" Perdido Bay, about a persistent rumor we keep hearing about IP turning down their treatment, and about the class action law suit.

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December 2007 Newsletter

The December newsletter gives latest on the IP permit situation, compares IP's effluent to a domestic wastewater treatment system serving 165,000 people and more.

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October 2007 Newsletter

The October newsletter contains the latest on Florida's decision to deny the wetlands permit to IP and grant the stay. The newsletter also discusses the dioxin studies on Perdido Bay clams, and more

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August 2007 Newsletter

The August newsletter contains the latest on Florida's decision to deny the wetlands permit to IP. The newsletter also discusses the Circuit Court judges's decision to deny "class certification" to plantiffs on Perdido Bay, and more

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June 2007 Newsletter

The June 2007 Newsletter explains the important aspects of the Judges's decision in our victory. The newsletter also lists addesses for our politicans to whom you can write

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April 2007 Newsletter

Read an update on the administrative hearing;and some new scheme the DEP is considering for reclassifying waters in Florida and more in the April newsletter

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January/February 2007 Newsletter

Some of the articles in this Newsletter examine the next steps in the administrative hearing process; Lack of media coverage about our fight on Perddio Bay; and the latest news about the TMDL and Perdido Bay

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December 2006 Newsletter

The December 2006 newletter explains how Friends of Perdido Bay was founded to work with the paper mill; the proposed permit has too many contingencies and more

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September/October 2006 Newsletter

Highlights of this newsletter - Friends meeting scheduled for November 16, 2006; Problems with the air and a reprint of a good article from the Orlando Sentinel

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July & August 2006 Newsletter

In this Newsletter we give you an update on the administrative hearing on the IP permit. We give you some people to write about toxicity in Perdido Bay

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May 2006 Newsletter

In the May Newsletter, we discuss how Florida is changing their standards to allow more pollution. Also we look at how the government ignored a problem with chlorine dioxide bleaching.

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February 2006 Newsletter

The February Newsletter contains information about the new dates for the administrative hearing on the IP permit. There is also an article about how IP is getting a $2,000,000 Freebee from the taxpayers.

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December 2005 Newsletter

The Decemeber Newsletter looks at the plans IP has recently proposed. We also look at plans to protect Perdido Beach mouse on Perdido Key, FL

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October 2005 Newsletter

The October Newsletter gives updates on the administrative hearing and IP's problem with ash.

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August 2005 Newsletter

The August Newsletter contains an announcement about our September 8, 2005 meeting; the latest information on both the class action suit and the administrative hearing; some information we found from discovery; and more

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June 2005 Newsletter

The June Newsletter has information about the permit fight; more stories about the terrible permit; and a little trouble with domestic sewage

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April 2005 Newsletter

The April newsletter contains new dioxin test values from Perdido Bay properties. There is an article about the new development on the Blackwater River.

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February 2005 Newsletter

The February newsletter contains the dioxin information from tests done on soils washed onto our properties from Perdido Bay. We also explain why dioxin is "non-detect" in paper mill effluent, and more.

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December 2004 Newsletter

In the December Newsletter, we give an update on what will happen next in the IP draft permit issue. Also we summarize a study done on Perdido Bay in 1970 which is still applicable today.

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October 2004 Newsletter

In the October Newsletter, one of our members has an article about his experiences in Hurricane Ivan. We give a summary of IP's Draft permit.

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August/September 2004 Newsletter

In the August Newsletter you will read about the bacteria Klebsiella. Check the documents page in this website for more information on Klebsiella. You will also get the views of candidates on Perdido Bay issues

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June 2004 Newsletter

In the June 2004 newsletter you will be updated on the IP permit application; read about more false PR

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April 2004 Newsletter


In the April 2004 newsletter, you will find there is no "official" draft permit for IP yet; also some false PR on Perdido Bay

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February 2004 Newsletter
The February 2004 Newsletter explains why Friends of Perdido Bay opposes the IP/ECUA pipeline plan and more.

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