Environmentalists spotlight paper industry's pollution record

For the second time in two years, the Women's Environmental Network (WEN) has placed the paper industry under scrutiny over its water pollution record. A WEN report says that the industry's compliance with discharge consents has barely improved since 1990, but pays little regard to recent improvements in consent limits and pollution loads.1

In 1990, WEN's first report noted that 65% of mills discharging to rivers and estuaries had breached their discharge consents within the previous 18 months (ENDS Report 183, p 6). Only 15% had been prosecuted.

WEN's latest report says that 42 of the 56 mills which discharge to rivers and estuaries breached their consents over the 27 months to March 1992. This is equivalent to about 50% of mills breaching their consents in the last 18 mont

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