SEVEN VALLEYS, PA , Jan. 23, 2017 (Local News) -A $2 billion paper and fertilizer plant under construction near Richmond is more than just the first U.S. venture for a Chinese company that claims to have revolutionized the papermaking process. It’s also the first project to test Virginia’s ability to add new industrial facilities to the Chesapeake Bay watershed while maintaining pollution caps set for the James River more than a decade ago.
Shandong Tranlin Paper Co., which is operating in the United States under the name Vastly, has more than 200 patents on its process to turn wheat straw from local farms into pulp for paper products and soil amendments that could then be sold to farmers.
Pulp and paper production are among the dirtiest industries in the world, releasing a variety of noxious pollutants into the air and discharging nutrients, dissolved organic matter and other contaminants into the water. But in its operations in China, Tranlin says it has eliminated many of those drawbacks. Instead, it produces unbleached paper in a fashionably brown hue as well as fertilizers from the organic residue that would otherwise be discarded as waste.
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