RICHMOND, BC, April 18 /CNW/ - Catalyst Paper (TSX: CTL) today advised
that a fire in the storage yard at its Snowflake Mill in northeast
Arizona has shut down production and destroyed approximately 14,000
tonnes of recovered waste paper.
The fire broke out at approximately noon Monday in the waste paper
storage area. The mill's emergency team responded immediately and local
fire departments from Snowflake, Taylor, Heber, Pinetop, Lakeside and
Show Low were called in to help contain the blaze.
Fire breaks were put into place to limit the spread of the damage as
high winds challenged response team efforts. As the winds eased through
Monday evening, responders were able to make better progress in
extinguishing the fire.
All appropriate authorities were notified and the region's public
information officer has been assisting in coordination of local
advisories. There were no serious injuries reported.
Details on the cause of the incident are not known at this time and the
mill will remain down until the full extent of damage to its waste
paper feed system is known. Paper production is, however, expected to
resume later this week.
The Snowflake mill has annual production capacity of 337,000 tonnes of
recycled newsprint and uncoated specialty papers and is chain of
custody certified to the Forest Stewardship Council standard. The
operation supports recovery and domestic recycling of more than 480,000
tons of waste paper annually and is the second largest private sector
employer in northeast Arizona.
Catalyst Paper manufactures diverse specialty printing papers, newsprint
and pulp. Its customers include retailers, publishers and commercial
printers in North America, Latin America, the Pacific Rim and Europe.
With four mills located in British Columbia and Arizona, Catalyst has a
combined annual production capacity of 1.9 million tonnes. The company
is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada and its common
shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CTL.
Catalyst is listed on the Jantzi Social Index® and is also ranked by
Corporate Knights as one of the 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada.
SOURCE Catalyst Paper Corporation
For further information:
| Lyn Brown || || || Murray Hewitt |
| Vice President, Corporate Relations || || || General Manager, Snowflake Mill |
| 604-247-4713 || || || 928-536-4314 |