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GEORGIA-PACIFIC JOINS WISCONSIN PAPER COUNCIL'S 'POLLUTION PREVENTION PARTNERSHIP'

 PORT EDWARDS, Wis., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia-Pacific Corp. (NYSE: GP) has agreed to participate in the "Pollution Prevention Partnership," a unique cooperative venture of the state's paper industry and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) under the leadership of the Wisconsin Paper Council (WPC).
 The program was announced this morning by Gov. Tommy Thompson, DNR Secretary George Meyer and WPC President Tom Schmidt at a press conference in Madison.
 Georgia-Pacific enthusiastically endorses the program, which will identify ways to reduce or prevent the release of selected chemical substances.
 "Our company is committed to being a leader in environmental performance," said Lee Thomas, Georgia-Pacific senior vice president- environmental and government affairs. Thomas was Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator during the Reagan administration.
 "Pollution prevention programs such as the partnership between the Wisconsin Paper Council and the Wisconsin DNR are an important part of Georgia-Pacific's commitment," Thomas continued. "We look forward to being an active participant in this innovative program, which we believe will be of great benefit to the pulp and paper industry and the state of Wisconsin."
 According to Thomas, the company believes so strongly in the program that it has offered the wholehearted support of not only its paper manufacturing operations in Port Edwards and Nekoosa, but its building products facilities in Phillips and Superior.
 Dick Grund, environmental manager for Georgia-Pacific's Port Edwards and Nekoosa Operations and chairman of the WPC's Solid Waste Committee, said the Pollution Prevention Partnership represents the first paper industry-sponsored initiative of its kind in Wisconsin.
 The program complements the EPA's "33/50" program, to which Georgia- Pacific has pledged its national support. As a participant in the EPA's program, Georgia-Pacific has volunteered to reduce by half its emissions of 17 chemicals designated a priority by the EPA by 1995. At the end of 1992, the company had achieved nearly a 34 percent reduction of these chemicals.
 "We believe this new program demonstrates how proactive our industry has become in protecting the environment," Grund said. "Pollution prevention, for us, has become a way of life and very much a part of our thought process."
 Program participants will meet with the DNR to examine air emissions, wastewater discharges, and solid and hazardous wastes, and identify substances of concern. Georgia-Pacific will then establish abatement priorities and determine "technically and economically practical" steps to lower those releases or eliminate them entirely.
 Georgia-Pacific will select its targeted substances from chemicals that appear on several lists of interest to the DNR. These lists include Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) chemicals reportable to the EPA, as well as bioaccumulating substances and air and water pollutants.
 Progress in reducing or eliminating targeted chemicals will be measured against emissions from a base year of 1987.
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 /CONTACT: Ellen L. Zettel, manager, public relations-Port Edwards and Nekoosa Operations, 715-887-5061, Tom Fitzpatrick, plant manager- Superior Hardboard Operations, 715-392-8251, or Donald Olson, plant manager-Phillips Hardboard Operations, 715-339-2111, all of Georgia- Pacific/
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