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U.S. EPA SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH MILL TO RID EFFLUENT OF CHLORINE

U.S. EPA SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH MILL TO RID EFFLUENT OF CHLORINE
 SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced that it has reached a new agreement with Louisiana-Pacific Corp. to eliminate chlorine from its wood pulp bleaching process by 1995 at its mill on the Samoa Peninsula in Humboldt County, Calif. Louisiana Pacific is the first wood pulp mill in the United States to agree to eliminate chlorine from the pulp bleaching process.
 "This is an excellent example of pollution prevention, and a much more environmentally sound way of producing pulp," said Harry Seraydarian, U.S. EPA's Water Management Division director. We would welcome other pulp and paper companies to adopt these same practices."
 The modified consent decree is part of an announcement today in which 13 civil judicial and nine administrative enforcement actions and settlements were filed against 23 facilities in 16 states under the Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Clean Air Act, Toxic Substances Control Act, and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.
 Eliminating chlorine and other internal process changes at Louisiana-Pacific will greatly reduce the effluent's toxicity and color. Instead of chlorine, the facility will use benign enzymes and hydrogen peroxide in its bleaching process. Eliminating chlorine will make the effluent less corrosive, allowing the mill to recycle the wastewater on site, which it has agreed to do. Recycling the effluent will reduce the facility's water use by one-third.
 The facility has also agreed to install a treatment process which will reduce effluent odor and to extend its ocean outfall to 1.5 miles from shore. It is currently about one half mile from shore.
 Today's agreement amends a consent decree that the U.S. EPA and the Surfrider Foundation signed last year with Louisiana Pacific. As part of the consent decree, the facility was required to pay a $2.9 million penalty. The new agreement does not alter the penalty amount.
 U.S. EPA filed suit in 1989 after administrative orders issued in 1988 failed to fully abate the mills' Clean Water Act permit violations. The mills' effluents have been shown to be toxic to marine life. In addition, surfers and others who have been exposed to the effluents adjacent to the mills have complained of nausea, headaches, and skin and eye irritations.
 There will be a 30-day public comment period on the modified Louisiana Pacific decree. A public notice on the decree and how to comment will be published in the federal register in the near future.
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 /CONTACT: Lois Grunwald of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1588/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: California IN: SU:


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