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August 25, 1995

Contact: Noreen Figueroa

New Resource for Pulp, Paper Issues Finds Home on Internet's World Wide Web
- Site includes soon-to-be-released analysis of US EPA's National Listing of Fish Consumption Advisories-

(August 25, 1995, Washington, DC) -- A unique resource for scientific, regulatory, and market information on Elemental Chlorine-Free (ECF) paper issues has a new home in cyberspace. The Alliance for Environmental Technology's (AET) new site on the Internet's World Wide Web focuses on the environmental performance of the pulp and paper industry and provides access to related topics.

AET is an international association of chemical manufacturers and forest products companies dedicated to improving the environmental performance of the pulp and paper industry.

The AET web site features a slide show highlighting the industry's environmental progress in its switch to an ECF process. The site also includes the full text of scientific documents on chlorine dioxide and its use in ECF bleaching. Links to all AET publications, reports, and analyses are also available. Additionally, visitors to the AET web site can seek out more information and be kept abreast of news as it happens by sending an E-Mail message directly to AET.

"Surfing the virtual wave to the AET web site affords timely access to valuable resources in the ever-changing chlorine debate," said AET Executive Director Douglas Pryke. "The AET web site is the premiere link to a vast databank of knowledge, from scientific reports on pollution prevention technologies for the pulp and paper industry to late-breaking news on the regulatory front," he added.

AET's latest addition to the web site will be an analysis of the US Environmental Protection Agency's 1994 National Listing of Fish Consumption Advisories. Scheduled to unveil the database at an August 28 meeting of the American Fisheries Society, EPA Administrator Carol Browner is expected to address the environmental health of our nation's waterbodies and the status of their aquatic eco-systems.

Figures from the EPA's 1994 data will be included in AET's report. As AET's analysis of US EPA and state environmental and health authority data shows, dioxin advisories for waterbodies downstream of US pulp mills have dropped by more than 50 percent since 1990 -- and are a small and diminishing percentage of the total affected waterbodies in the country.

A copy of AET's analysis will be available from the Alliance or through the newly inaugurated AET Home Page on the World Wide Web at AET can be reached via e-mail at