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LOUISIANA-PACIFIC PETITIONS EPA TO INCLUDE CHLORINE-FREE PULP IN ITS PAPER PROCUREMENT GUIDELINES

 WASHINGTON, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Louisiana-Pacific Corp. (L-P) (NYSE: LPX) today petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider adding specifications for chlorine-free pulp to its guidelines for federal procurement of paper. In a statement submitted at a public forum called by the EPA to gather input for revising the guidelines, Louisiana-Pacific said:
 "While we recognize that the focus of this forum has been on important decisions about the recycled content of paper used by government agencies, we believe the Environmental Protection Agency would be missing an enormous opportunity if it failed to address an equally important aspect of paper - its use of pulp bleached without chlorine. Totally chlorine-free pulp and paper is now available from domestic sources, and adoption of guidelines by this body would encourage additional production. The result would be a major environmental benefit, particularly related to reducing the wastestream from pulp mills."
 Louisiana-Pacific's interest in the issue comes from its production of totally chlorine-free pulp at its bleached kraft pulp mill in Samoa, Calif., on the Northern California coast.
 Pulp is an intermediate ingredient in the papermaking process consisting of cellulose fibers from wood chips that are the byproducts of sawmill
operations. At a pulp mill, the chips are processed to separate the wood fibers from the natural glues, known as lignins, that hold those fibers together. Chlorine or chlorine compounds are then typically used to whiten the pulp to make it suitable for paper. Louisiana-Pacific's Samoa mill is the first in North America to totally eliminate the use of chlorine in this bleaching process. The totally chlorine-free pulp produced at Samoa is suitable for use in high grade printing and writing papers.
 L-P committed to manufacture totally chlorine-free pulp 100 percent of the time by 1995 as part of a consent agreement with the EPA. When the commitment was announced, William Reilly, who was then Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, said, "Louisiana-Pacific's adaptation of its Samoa, Calif., facility with pollution prevention in mind offers a model for the pulp and paper industry. I salute this example of corporate initiative."
 The company is already making the product periodically and has demonstrated the substantial environmental benefits of the process. Among those benefits are the elimination of chlorinated organic compounds - including dioxin - in the wastestream.
 Already widely used in several European countries because of its environmental benefits, paper made from chlorine-free pulp is slowly gaining attention in the United States. Louisiana-Pacific, for example, printed its 1992 annual report on paper made with both recycled fiber and totally chlorine-free kraft pulp from its Samoa mill.
 In the conclusion to its statement before the EPA forum, Louisiana- Pacific said:
 "There are substantial environmental benefits to producing chlorine- free pulp including lower waste production and increased recovery of what has traditionally been a large source of waste. There are also significant environmental benefits from the reduction of toxic pollutants introduced to water and the atmosphere. L-P believes that through leadership by large paper users such as the Federal government, chlorine-free paper could easily become as much of a standard for environmentally conscious consumers as is recycled paper. We encourage the EPA to begin this process by adding chlorine-free pulp to its paper procurement guidelines."
 Louisiana-Pacific is a major building products company best known for its innovation in developing high-performance, affordable, environmentally sound construction materials.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: The EPA Forum referred to in this release is being held at the Washington Hilton and Towers. It is scheduled for both Wednesday, March 17, and Thursday, March 18./
 /CONTACT: Barry Lacter of Louisiana-Pacific, 503-221-0800, or fax, 503-796-0204/
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CO: Louisiana-Pacific Corp.; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: District of Columbia, California, Oregon IN: PAP SU:

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