DEQ Recognizes Clearwater Paper as a 2019 Pollution Prevention Champion
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Boise — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recognizes Clearwater Paper as a 2019 Pollution Prevention Champion for reducing energy use at its Lewiston paper mill.
Clearwater Paper was last recognized as a Pollution Prevention Champion in 2016.
“It is a privilege to once again recognize Clearwater Paper for their efforts to reduce pollution in their Lewiston paper mill! With a facility as large as the Lewiston plant, even small changes have significant impacts, and we see that with the success that Clearwater Paper has achieved for 2019” said Ben Jarvis, DEQ’s pollution prevention coordinator.
Pollution prevention includes any technique that reduces or eliminates the generation of pollution. In contrast to most pollution control strategies that manage a pollutant’s effect on the environment after it has been generated, pollution prevention seeks to eliminate or minimize the amount of wastes and pollutants before they are generated.
To qualify for pollution prevention recognition, Clearwater Paper submitted an application demonstrating how they incorporated pollution prevention into daily operations by reducing raw materials or toxic materials purchased, hazardous or solid waste generated, water, energy or fuel used, or air pollutants emitted.
“Clearwater Paper provides an excellent example of how setting goals can motivate positive change. By 2020, the company has set a 20% energy reduction goal, and they are well on their way to achieving that mark,” said Jarvis.
Clearwater Paper’s energy efficiency improvements include optimizing motor efficiency by right-sizing for specific applications, upgrading motors from fixed speed to variable speed drives, and modifying equipment on one of the facility’s paper machines to eliminate the use of a vacuum pump. These modifications save over seven million kWh of electricity annually, roughly equivalent to powering 650 homes!