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BRITISH COLUMBIAN PULP & PAPER INDUSTRY TO GO CHLORINE FREE

 BRITISH COLUMBIAN PULP & PAPER INDUSTRY TO GO CHLORINE FREE
 CHICAGO, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Greenpeace today issued the following:
 The pulp and paper industry in British Columbia, Canada, will be required to stop using chlorine-based bleaches by 2002, government officials announced last week. British Columbia is the first jurisdiction in North America to yield to pressure from environmentalists and establish a timetable for the complete phase-out of chlorine in this industry.
 The announcement comes on the heels of a commitment by Time Inc. Magazines in the United States to publish on chlorine-free paper as soon as it becomes available.
 "There is a worldwide trend toward chlorine-free paper, and we are hoping there will be a similar announcement soon from the province of Ontario and that U.S. regulators will follow suit," said Jack Weinberg, coordinator of Greenpeace International's Great Lakes Project.
 Half of Canada's pulp production is exported to the United States. British Columbia is Canada's largest pulp producer and is one of the world's largest pulp-producing regions. The announcement by British Columbia officials acknowledges the danger of organochlorine discharges to the environment. Up to now, U.S. paper makers and pulp producers have resisted moves to eliminate chlorine in the pulp bleaching process by contending that there is no market for a chlorine-free paper product and that no sound environmental reason exists for making a change.
 But in the Jan. 20, 1992, issue of Time, in a note to readers, Time Inc. Magazines writes that "Most of our paper suppliers are far along with their plans to eliminate chlorine-bleached pulp." Publishers commit to "use this alternative paper as soon as it is practical to do so." Time Inc. Magazines, which publishes Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, People Magazine and others, was responding to a Greenpeace campaign which resulted in more than 22,000 cards and letters protesting the magazine's use of chlorine-bleached paper.
 "American pulp producers are now in a position similar to the auto industry when they resisted trends for greater fuel efficiency several years ago," said Weinberg. "Those who fail to make this change will lose market share and be saddled with an outmoded technology."
 Chlorine bleaching by the pulp industry dumps hundreds of millions of pounds of organochlorine poisons into the Great Lakes annually. Dioxin, furans, and PCBs are examples of organochlorines, which are linked to reproductive problems, cancer, tumors, immunological problems and deformities.
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 /CONTACT: Jack Weinberg, 312-666-3305 or 312-880-5679; or Mark Floegel, 202-319-2480, both for Greenpeace/ CO: Greenpeace International ST: Illinois, District of Columbia IN: PAP SU:


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