Crossett, Arkansas is known for their paper and pulp processing plant owned by a subsidiary of Koch Industries called Georgia-Pacific.
This factory has provided the city’s residents with steady jobs for decades, but it seems now, these jobs are coming at a high cost. The EPA recently released a Toxic Release Inventory showing Georgia Pacific emits an excessive amount of pollutants annually that are dangerous and highly toxic. This wastewater is permitted to be released daily.
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There is a creek and river that flows near the city, and a large portion is on Georgia-Pacific land so it is believed the company is contaminating the water.
“People are afraid—afraid and scared to say something,” said David Bouie, who worked at the plant for about 10 years, his wife for over 25 years. “They don’t want to be part of something that could see the mill go away,” Bouie, 69, said. “But we don’t want the mill to go away, we just want it to be fixed and to operate within compliance of the law.”
But residents have been reported experiencing respiratory and sinus problems, sore throats, nausea and allergies which could be from these factory toxins.