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Co. Fined for Environmental Damage

June 20, 2002

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ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) _ Georgia-Pacific Corp. will pay $10.1 million and donate 1,000 acres for environmental damage caused by polluting the Fox River, state officials said Thursday

The agreement represents a ``major milestone″ in restoring fish and wildlife habitat in the river, Natural Resources Secretary Darrell Bazzell said.

Georgia-Pacific is one of seven paper companies accused of dumping polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, into the river from the 1950s through the 1970s. The chemicals have been linked to reproductive and developmental problems in people, fish and wildlife.

Officials said some of the money will pay for building trails, boat access ramps and picnic areas along the river. It also will help restore habitat for yellow perch, spotted musky and northern pike.

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On the Net:

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/

Georgia-Pacific: http://www.gp.com

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