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Re: oil inputs to paper?
No, petroleum products are not the source of the dioxin in
paper mill waste. It is the reaction of the chlorine bleach
and the natural lignin (dark coloration) of the wood.
I believe what the plastics companies are getting at is that
the process heat for paper mills is often from oil or gas.
The most progressive plants - the ones that have closed loop
production - use wood waste as a source of energy (because
burning it produces only the dioxin from herbicide residue
combustion), but I'd wager they still need to burn oil or gas
for some process heat.
Anyhow, it's a bogus argument. There are a thousand arguments
against most plastic manufacture for each one in favor. ESPECIALLY
From: Carolyn Chase <email@example.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tuesday, July 29, 1997 13:15
Subject: oil inputs to paper?
I came across the following statement in a paper vs. plastic debate: -
"There is a lot of petroleum used in the manufacturing of paper products.
++ can anyone enlighten me as to what part of paper manufacturing consumes
a "lot of petroleum"? All I can think of is hauling the logs and hauling
the paper; Are petro and petro byproducts inputs to any of the delignen
processing? Is this the source of the dioxin byproduct?
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