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Highwater Filters

An amazing web company owned and operated by Hilary Ohm. Hilary has not only dedicated so much of her time to the Citizens for a Clean Columbia (CCC), but she is also currently working on helping organize a big event down near Hanford on April 15. It’s called Hanford: America’s Fukushima. It’s being organized by Occupy Portland and so far the lineup of speakers scheduled to present is amazing!

She is trying to get enough folks interested to charter a bus down to the event from our area.

Please check out her website at and her blog at   


Although she is struggling to raise money for her own business she has so generously offered to find a way to donate towards the Northport Project in any way she can.

Instead, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all the loyal followers of The Northport Project (Facebook page and blog) to check out her website and the invaluable arsenic filters she offers.

 Also, contact her through her website or blog about attending the Hanford: America’s Fukushima even on April 15th.

“The History of Northport, Washington in Photos” Slide Show


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Northport Bridge spanning the Columbia in Stevens County opens to motorists on June 13, 1951.

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Urgent Request Re: Northport, WA Colitis & Crohn’s Study

For those of you who don’t know, currently two physicians from the Crohn’s and Colitis Center at Massachusetts General Hospital are conducting a study on the cluster of diagnosed cases of Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s in past and present Northport residents (spanning three generations).

They began their study in February and are preparing an abstract on their findings, which confirms there is a health cluster of both Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s in present residents, as well as past residents.

The EPA and DOH also confirmed this in their 1992 Health study of the area. However they never took it any further.

Luckily the physicians at MGH are willing to take their findings to the next level, eventually completing a full-scale epidemiological study of the cluster. The information gained from such a study has the possibility of providing answers to causes and/or triggers to these diseases, which can lead to prevention, better treatments or possibly a cure.

If you or a friend or family member have either Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis and are a current or past resident of Northport, Washington and have not completed a survey for the MGH Northport IBD Study I urge you to please e-mail either myself, or Dr. Sharyle Fowler for either a link to a confidential survey or to request a mailed copy.

The more people who are confirmed makes the process of this study that much faster, and the results more accurate.

Please tell everyone and anyone you know, who might be interested in participating, about this. It takes 10 minutes to complete this survey, but the 10 minutes of time you are willing to give up, along with your confidential health history, will change the lives of countless people.

Don’t wait until yet another child has been diagnosed with one of these diseases in Northport… which happens, and has been happening, consistently for 38 years.

E-mail Addresses to Contact: – Jamie Paparich Dr. Sharyle Fowler

For more information on this study and other health clusters found in Northport please visit our blog at

Thank you!!

Jamie Paparich

1992 Northport WA Article on town’s “death list” & link to Teck Smelter

Spokane Chronicle – May 27, 1992

“Canadian Companies Suspected in Illness”

Read this archived article at: (pages 7 & 8 or B1 & B2)

The last paragraph in the story is a quote from my Grandma, regarding all the illnesses found in Northport residents, specifically the children;

“It’s too late for my children because they’ve already got these problems,” she (Kay Paparich) said. “But what about the little ones coming up?”

This article, and her quote, was published 19 years ago.

Over 15 Northport children have since been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s.

Another 17 children have been diagnosed with one of the other illnesses found in clusters throughout the community, spanning 3 generations of residents.

In this same article another Northport residents is quoted as saying;“This is my death list”.

She is referring to the list of 45 Northport residents who had passed away from cancer.
The current Human Health Risk Assessment being done by the EPA, regarding the health impacts the millions of tons of toxins Teck Smelter dumped into the air and Columbia River for over a Century, Northport, (located 3 miles downriver from the Canadian smelter), will not be looked at further as the EPA states their past research has shown no link to the chronic exposure to the smelters heavy metal toxins and the reported illnesses in the town.

Northport’s population has been stable at 350 since 1925. Currently we have identified 6 health clusters spanning three generations of Northport residents.

This is the largest amount of separate, non-infectious, health clusters ever found in the United States.

The EPA and the DOH still claim that: “there is no public health hazard for people living in the area…. if (their outdoor exposure is) up to 35 days in a year.”

I guess the good people of Northport Washington just have to hold their breath the other 330 days of the year….oh and hide inside their homes (preferably in a cellar if available).

Northport & Upper Columbia communities in for another “inadequate” study?

Colville Tribes call Teck smelter study ‘deficient’

EPA also blasted for quality of oversight
K.C. Mehaffey
Wenatchee World
The Cominco smelter complex, shown in 2009, sits above the Columbia River in Trail, B.C.


The June 2006 settlement between the EPA and Teck marked the first time a Canadian company agreed to fund an analysis of the public and environmental damage caused by pollution that traveled from Canada to the United States. The Colville Tribes, joined by the state of Washington, sued to hold the company liable for cleanup costs in a case pending in U.S. District Court in Spokane.

Five years after a Canadian mining smelter agreed in a historic settlement to assess the impact of its pollution on U.S. waters, an American Indian tribe is calling the effort inadequate, and Washington state officials say they’re not fully satisfied.

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation also say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t done its job to oversee Teck Cominco American’s analysis of environmental damage in the upper Columbia River and Lake Roosevelt.

A company official said the complexity of the study makes it difficult to come up with sampling plans that please everyone.

The company’s lead and zinc smelter in Trail, B.C. – about 10 miles north of the U.S. border with Canada – dumped millions of tons of toxic slag and heavy metals into the Columbia River in Canada, according to an initial investigation by the EPA. Over the course of 100 years, some 10 million to 20 million tons of it ended up in Lake Roosevelt, a 100-mile reservoir created by Grand Coulee Dam that borders the Colville Indian Reservation, the EPA found.

The June 2006 settlement between the EPA and Teck marked the first time a Canadian company agreed to fund an analysis of the public and environmental damage caused by pollution that traveled from Canada to the United States. The Colville Tribes, joined by the state of Washington, sued to hold the company liable for cleanup costs in a case pending in U.S. District Court in Spokane.

After the agreement was struck, the Colville Tribes said it had reservations about letting the company assess damages. Now, they say, their fears of inadequate work are coming true.

“Teck has delivered deficient work plans and sampling plans to the EPA, which make it unlikely that the company can accurately determine the nature and extent of the pollution in the Columbia,” said John Stensgar, chairman of the tribal council’s natural resources committee. He also said the EPA has not adequately enforced the agreement, and the tribes have been left out of the decision-making process about the study.

Dave Godlewski, Teck’s vice president of environment and public affairs, disagreed. “It’s been a very, very robust oversight process that the EPA is involved in, and the tribes and state are directly paid by us for their participation,” he said.

He said the company has spent more than $40 million on the study so far, analyzing 2,400 fish, conducting three rounds of surface water samples and taking soil samples from beaches around the 100-mile-long lake. Last year, the company removed about 6,000 yards of material from Black Sand Beach near Northport demonstrating they’re serious about taking care of problems they caused, he said.

EPA officials met with the state and tribes in Seattle last week. “We recognize that the stakes here are significant for a lot of parties, but in particular for the tribe,” said Dan Opalski, head of the EPA’s Superfund Office in Seattle. “We’re talking about the health of the environment in and around their homeland,” where tribal members fish, gather food and recreate, he said.

Opalski said a final assessment will not be finished until 2015 at the earliest. He said the agency will not compromise quality in order to get the work done sooner.

Mike Hibbler, the state Department of Ecology’s regional manager for the toxic cleanup program, said the state does share some of the tribes’ concerns. “We have reviewed everything submitted to us, and in some cases we had some pretty serious comments. In other cases, we found the work was appropriate,” he said.

He said he is optimistic after last Friday’s meeting with the EPA. “I felt like we made some progress.”

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