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(en) Fishing for a Clean River in Maine (USA)

From Noreastah <noreastah@acadia.net>
Date Sat, 28 Nov 1998 17:50:32 -0500

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Environmentalists working with the Native Forest Network traveled to
Freeport, Maine (USA) November 27th, the busiest shopping day of the year,
to educate the public about pulp and paper mill pollution.

Activists walked the busy sidewalks of Freeport with fishing poles complete
with cardboard versions of dead fish, while others held aloft deformed bird
puppets to highlight damage mill pollution does to wildlife. Others passed
out educational flyers and held signs reading "It's time for the pulp and
paper industry to go chlorine free."

"Paper mills are not using the best available technology to reduce water
pollution in Maine," said Jim Freeman of the Native Forest Network Gulf of
Maine office.

Many mills in Maine and throughout the country have plans to go to
elementally chlorine free (ECF) paper bleaching technology rather than
totally chlorine free (TCF) technology. Although ECF bleaching does reduce
the amount of toxins produced (including dioxin), technology exists today
that can completely eliminate mill water pollution.  ECF bleaching also
produces a compound called "MX" which is a powerful mutagen. Mutagens are
chemicals capable of altering DNA.

By switching to totally chlorine free (TCF) paper bleaching technology and
a closed loop system, pulp and paper mills could reduce water pollution to

Since January of 1998, NFN Gulf of Maine has been working to eliminate pulp
and paper mill pollution in general, and in Maine's Penobscot River in
particular. Previous protests have taken place at Lincoln Pulp and Paper,
both at their mill location in Lincoln, Maine and at their corporate
headquarters in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Freeport, Maine was chosen for educational efforts because it is the
headquarters of L.L. Bean, the world famous retailer of outdoor clothing,
and camping and fishing gear.

   Native Forest Network Northern Hemisphere http://www.nativeforest.org
   Native Forest Network Southern Hemisphere http://www.nfn.org.au

It's time for the pulp & paper industry to go TOTALLY CHLORINE FREE (TCF)!

For Immediate Release: Friday, November 27, 1998 
For More Information Contact: Jim Freeman (207) 469-2552 or Andy Buckley
(207) 548-6382 of the Gulf of Maine Native Forest Network

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