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Update on the Fenholloway River Water Quality Project

January 31, 2018

Georgia-Pacific’s Fenholloway Water Quality construction projects continue to make progress at the Foley Cellulose mill. To date, the Foley mill has invested over $250 million in capital process equipment and modifications that have resulted in environmental improvements and improved water quality in the Fenholloway. 

Wastewater Modification

Construction officially commenced on March 20, 2017, and the project is 50% complete. Despite Hurricane Irma, Foley remained on schedule, and we plan to meet our September 10th, 2018 startup date. With the below-ground pipe installed and concrete structures poured, we are now moving forward with mechanical and electrical equipment installation. 

Black Liquor Evaporators (BLEs)

Construction of Foley’s BLE project is proceeding as scheduled, with an anticipated start-up to begin in June 2018. All evaporator bodies are installed with a massive new steel pipe rack in place. With the installation of process piping, we are also moving forward with mechanical and electrical equipment installation.  

Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Visits Foley Mill 

On December 8th, 2017, Secretary Noah Valenstein and several representatives from the FDEP, met with senior leadership at the Foley Cellulose mill to review the progress of the Fenholloway Water Quality Project and tour Foley’s Waste Water Modification and Black Liquor Evaporator (BLE) construction sites. 

The meeting with Secretary Valenstein and the FDEP provided an excellent opportunity to review the history behind the Fenholloway Water Quality project and discuss the goal of returning the Fenholloway to a Class III recreational river. In accordance with FDEP’s Administrative Order, Georgia-Pacific’s Foley Cellulose mill is on schedule to complete significant improvements to the mill’s effluent treatment system by March 6, 2019, and then relocate the treated effluent away from the freshwater portion of the Fenholloway River to the brackish tidal portion of the river at mile marker 1.5 by March 6, 2021.