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G-P project reduces water usage at Brunswick, GA, pulp mill

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G-P project reduces water usage at Brunswick, GA, pulp mill

May 24, 2010 - 08:01

BRUNSWICK, GA, May 24, 2010 (Florida Times-Union ) -GP Cellulose's multimillion-dollar overhaul of its Brunswick pulp mill has slashed the amount of water it uses and decreased pressure on the drinking water supplies for most of Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida.

The reduced strain on the Floridan Aquifer reduces the risk of environmental harm, said a federal hydrologist, who monitors groundwater levels in the Brunswick area.

With about 600 employees, the mill is the world's largest producer of absorbent fluff pulp - and one of the largest users of coastal Georgia groundwater.

Since Koch Industries acquired Georgia-Pacific and its Brunswick mill in 2005, the corporation has invested about $400 million in the Brunswick mill, said Randal Morris, spokesman for GP Cellulose in Brunswick.

Florida Times-Union - GP Cellulose Brunswick pulp mill reduces water usage, improves efficiency