The 3rd hearing for the City of Newport’s license agreement for rights of way of the effluent line for the Georgia Pacific Toledo Pulp Mill was packed again and the testimony from both sides of the issue continued on. The city council announced that Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will be coming to the August 4th meeting to answer questions from the council in light of all the technical and environmental concerns raised by citizens. Many, restless from DEQ’s long-awaited reconsideration of the NPDES permit, spoke in favor of forming a technical and scientific task force to investigate monitoring and wastestream treatment options. Recent local press on the issue: