Tyrone mill recognized

TYRONE — American Eagle Paper Mills will receive a 2018 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for its Project Phoenix.

The Pennsylvania De­part­ment of Environmental Protection chose 23 organizations from more than 60 applications.

Applicants were evaluated for their degree of environmental protection, innovation, partnership efforts, economic impact, consideration of climate change and sustainability with results achieved.

American Eagle Paper Mills commissioned Project Phoenix to increase energy efficiency and reduce water usage at its Tyrone mill — one of the oldest working paper mills in the United States.

Infrastructure updates, including a transition to natural gas from coal, resulted in an 83 percent reduction in daily river and watershed water withdrawal while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 68 percent.

“This is the third sustainability award honoring American Eagle Paper Mills over the past year. We are very proud to accept this recognition for our sustainability efforts,” said CEO Mike Grimm in a statement, noting that the mill was also recently honored by AF&PA and the Pennsylvania Resources Council.

“Our $8 million dollar investment in Project Phoenix not only benefited the mill with efficiency savings; it also benefited the Pennsylvania community in which our workers live and raise their families,” he said. “The air is cleaner, the natural watershed improved and the paper mill is more efficient and better positioned to sustain good-paying jobs in Tyrone, Pennsylvania.”

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