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Re: oil inputs to paper?
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- From: "Rebecca Leighton Katers" <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 15:45:33 +0000
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Paper mills use large amounts of energy to pump,
heat, and treat the process water which carries the pulp
slurries, and to dry off the final paper
products.. The forest management,
wood cutting, hauling, chipping and
delignification stages of pulp mills also use
energy. The converting processes,where large
sheets of paper are cut, embossed, printed, and
packaged into a multitude of products also uses
energy. Transportation of the final products
takes energy. And finally, the disposal of waste
sludges, used paper products, and wastewater
treatment uses energy.
One large mill in Green Bay, Wisconsin, has it's own
70 kwh coal-fired power plant. Other mills burn fuel oil
or natural gas. Several of our big mills simply
purchase electricity from our public utility,
which happens to burn coal, but could just as
well be burning petroleum products.
All this is not to say that plastic products are
preferable. I always choose RE-USABLE, DURABLE
products, rather than disposable paper or
plastic, whenever possible.
Rebecca Leighton Katers
Clean Water Action Council of N.E. Wisconsin
2220 Deckner Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54302