Plans use of Sodium Hypochlorite
UPDATE: Georgia Pacific Corporation and the parent company of Wisconsin Tissue Chesapeake Corporation announced June 26, 1999 their intention to combine their tissue supply business. Georgia-Pacific Group will control and manage the partnership and is expected to own approximately 90 percent of the equity of the partnership. Chesapeake will contribute the assets of its Wisconsin Tissue business to the partnership, for which it will receive a 10 percent interest in the partnership and an initial cash distribution of approximately $730 million. As a result the Wisconsin Tissue Plant project in Halifax County, NC has been put on hold. At the end of May, Wisconsin Tissue had announced their intention not to use chlorine based chemicals at the Halifax facility. On June 28, Wisconsin Tissue withdrew the permit applications and EIS currently under review by NC DENR.
Wisconsin Tissue Mills plans to locate a
paper-recycling facility on the Roanoke River in
Halifax County, NC. They are planning to use
sodium hypochlorite, a chlorine derivative for
bleaching. Chlorine bleaching causes the
formation of dioxins and furans which are
endocrine disruptors and carcinogens. Dioxins and
furans have been shown to have detrimental effect
on fish and wildlife world-wide. There are viable
alternatives that are more costly at the outset,
but that would require less water useage, be
safer for workers and the environment.
Please call Governor Hunt and ask that he require Wisconsin Tissue to perform an EIS and to process their fiber chlorine free. Remind him that it's a "Smart Start" for North Carolina.
Call Governor Hunt at: 1-800-662-7952
Also please see NC ACT May
21, 1999 Press Release: State and Federal
Agencies Criticize Wisconsin Tissue Environmental