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August 25, 1995

Contact: Noreen Figueroa

Fish Advisories for Dioxin Diminishing, New Analysis to Show
-EPA's Database Expected to Confirm Eco-System Recovery Downstream of US Pulp Mills-

(August 25, 1995, Washington, DC) -- 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 -- according to a new analysis of US Environmental Protection Agency and state environmental and health authority data.

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 by unveiling the agency's 1994 National Listing of Fish Consumption Advisories.

Figures from the EPA's 1994 data will be included in a report to be released by the Alliance for Environmental Technology (AET). AET's analysis, using supplemental 1995 data from state environmental and health authorities, shows that since 1990, 13 states have lifted 17 dioxin advisories downstream of US pulp mills. The remaining dioxin advisories downstream of US pulp mills represent approximately one percent of the more than 1,500 waterbodies currently under a fish consumption advisory, according to EPA's database.

"The EPA data will confirm that the pulp and paper industry's commitment to protecting our precious water resources is delivering results," said Douglas Pryke, Executive Director of AET. "This is good news from our industry to anglers everywhere."

By using 1995 data from state agencies, AET's analysis will provide a thorough and accurate listing of the total number of dioxin advisories lifted. The liftings are a result of process improvements undertaken by the pulp and paper industry, including the increased use of chlorine dioxide as a bleaching agent.

"As part of our industry's commitment to environmental stewardship, we have reduced dioxin emissions to non-detect levels at 90 percent of US pulp mills," Mr. Pryke added. "The switch to an Elemental Chlorine-Free (ECF) process, based on chlorine dioxide, is underway and will ensure continued progress in eco-system recovery."

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

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 In addition to the analysis, the AET web site offers access to other scientific information, market analyses, and regulatory updates regarding chlorine dioxide and its use in pulp bleaching.