|Pollution from International Paper|
|Perdido Bay would be a beautiful bay except for the pollution from the paper mill. Listed below are the major problems caused by the paper mill
Carbonaceous material is measured as BOD (Biological oxygen demand) and TSS (Total suspended solids). These carbonaceous materials are degraded by bacteria which use up oxygen. Perdido Bay suffers from low dissolved oxygen especially in deeper waters The increased populations of bacteria eating the carbonaceous material pose a risk of infection to people swimming in the bay.
IP is permited to discharge 4,500 pounds per day of oxygen consuming material and on the average 8,000 pounds per day of solids.
Compare IP's discharges to a Domestic wastewater treatment plant treating effluent from 160,000 people.
A domestic wastewater treatment plant which treats waste from 160,000 people would only be allowed to discharge 844 pounds per day of oxygen consuming material and 844 pounds per day of solids
The solids IP discharges settle in Perdido Bay and also use up oxygen.