USA. State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference honours Michigan Pulp & Paper Environmental Council

Tuesday, 21 November 2006

The Michigan Pulp & Paper Environmental Council (MPPEC) was honored as a prestigious "Great Lakes Success Story" during the 2006 State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC). The SOLEC Conference is sponsored jointly by the US Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada on behalf of the two countries.

SOLEC recognized that MPPEC has an outstanding record of reducing air, water and solid waste discharges over the past decade and their commitment to pollution prevention has improved the overall health of the Great Lakes.

Conferences are held every two years in response to reporting requirements of the bi-national Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). The purpose of the Agreement is "to restore and maintain the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the waters of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem." The conferences aim to report on the state of the Great Lakes ecosystem and the major factors impacting it, and to provide a forum for exchanging this information amongst Great Lakes decision-makers.

Noted for its 22% reduction in combined emissions since 1996, MPPEC's Pulp, Paper, and Products Pollution Prevention (P5) Program was one of only seven awardees this year and joins such notable past award recipients as DTE Energy's Monroe Power Plant, Ontario Power Generation, and Xerox.

"We are honored to receive such a prominent bi-national award," said Lowell Knapp, Rock-Tenn Corporation and Chairman of MPPEC. "This award is representative of the dedication and hard work of all MPPEC members and the State's Department of Environmental Quality to achieving significant emissions reductions," added Knapp.

The P5 program is a partnership between industry and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) which features objective driven performance and state-of-the-art management systems to reduce emissions and improve environmental quality. P5 members established 19 long-term goals in 1996, 12 of which have been met or exceeded with the remaining seven either nearly attained or on track for attainment.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 November 2006 )