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This website is published by Friends of Whatcom County
We are thoughtful committed citizens dedicated to
Whatcom County’s best interests and Triple Bottom Line
In the Past
During 1999-2001, Friends of Whatcom County discovered, investigated and published for all to see, many details regarding Georgia-Pacific Corporation’s over-the-top pollution of Whatcom County’s Air, Water and Earth as a by-product of its antiquated Pulp & Chemical Factory operations in Downtown Bellingham, along the shores of Bellingham Bay.
A few quick highlights of that particular bad deal for Bellingham & Whatcom County:
The Air: GP in Bellingham was the #1 most carcinogenic-to-air industrial facility in the entire state of Washington
(according to the U.S. EPA’s 1999 Toxic Release Inventory data);
The Water: GP discharged over 30,000,000 gallons per day of toxic industrial effluent into Bellingham Bay, almost every day; and
The Earth: GP dumped massive quantities of toxic waste into numerous illegal un-permitted dumpsites in various locations throughout Whatcom County.