In response to the devastating aquatic organism kill in the Pearl River Basin caused by the discharge of pollution by the Temple Inland paper mill in Bogalusa, LA, LEAN has filed a Notice Of Intent to file a citizens suite against Temple Inland for failure to comply with their water pollution control permit, the Clean Water Act, Louisiana state law and violation of the Endangered Species Act.
|Fish killed by the Temple Inland discharge.|
The rights of LEAN members and the citizens of Louisiana to clean, safe, and fishable waters have been violated and we are exercising all options to protect those rights.
|Freshwater mussels killed by the Temple Inland Discharge.|
LEAN is taking this action because the Temple-Inland facility has failed to comply with permitted discharge limits, Louisiana regulations and Louisiana water quality standards. Temple Inland has also violated Section 9 of the Endangered Species Act by causing the “take” of the Gulf Sturgeon, the inflated heel-splitter mussel, and possibly other listed threatened or endangered species.
LEAN is receiveing legal council on this matter from long time supporters Waltzer & Wiygul Law Firm.