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GP paving long-time dust producing area –

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Statement by GP Toledo through office of C.J. Drake, GP Community Relations

Georgia-Pacific (GP) is taking a major step to improve environmental quality at its containerboard mill in Toledo.

On May 2, work will begin to pave GP’s vehicle staging area at the intersection of Butler Bridge Road and Catherine Street next to the mill. The staging area, informally known as the Guy Roberts Yard, is a 2.5-acre dusty gravel surface. Paving it with asphalt will significantly reduce the dust blowing from the area and which often drifts into nearby neighborhoods and businesses.

“This is an investment in our community, our environment and our employees,” said James McClure, vice president and general manager of the GP-Toledo mill. “We ask for the public’s patience and understanding as we proactively and voluntarily reduce our environmental impact on the community. All of us who work at the mill or live nearby will benefit greatly from the ultimate reduction in dust.”

During the project’s duration, noise and truck traffic will increase locally. Since trucks won’t be able to use the staging area while this work is underway, they will be rerouted to the Skelton Trailer Staging Area on Skelton Road west of the mill. This area will be lighted at night during the project for security purposes. Trucks also may be rerouted to the Gate 7 Overflow Staging Area north of the mill. Residents should expect to see an increase in truck traffic between these two points. Once the paving project is complete, truck traffic at the mill will resume normal operations.

Road and Driveway Co. of Newport is the primary contractor for this capital reinvestment project, which will have a total completed cost of approximately $600,000. The work is expected to be completed by May 14.

Members of the public who have questions or concerns about GP-Toledo operations may call the mill security checkpoint 24 hours a day at 541-336-8364.

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