The American Forest & Paper Assn. has awarded Weyerhaeuser Co. with its Environment and Energy Achievement Award for Pollution Prevention. The Federal Way, Wash.-based company's pulp mill in Flint River, Ga., received the award for achieving significant overall pollution reductions. The reductions include 41% in solid waste, 32% in wastewater emissions, and 13% in air emissions. The Flint River mill is the only forest products manufacturing facility to be accepted into the EPA's XL program. Project XL, one of President Clinton's regulatory reinvention initiatives, stands for excellence and leadership.
"We're proud of this award," says Kent L. Walker, vice president and site manager of Weyerhauser's Flint River operations. "It recognizes the superior environmental and economic benefits we've achieved while improving our ability to meet our customer needs. Project XL has allowed us to install innovative, flexible environmental solutions into our process up front, thereby reducing pollution and avoiding more costly remedies later."