Orient Paper Preparing for Government Environmental Inspection

March 1, 2013 -North China's Orient Paper today said that it is preparing for the upcoming comprehensive environmental protection inspection, which is part of a large-scale special pollution inspection conducted by the local Xushui County government, in response to a series of environmental pollution incidents and public health crises in North China in recent months.

An executive order was issued by the County government on February 26, 2013 to all manufacturers in a wide range of industries which operations have potential environmental impact. Regarding this inspection, the multi-government agency inspection will examine all aspects of environmental protection practice, especially waste water discharge.

According to the executive order, the special inspection will last from February 26 to March 31, 2013, with on-site field examinations scheduled for March 1 through March 10. During the inspection period, our water treatment facilities and production activities may be interrupted. The Company will issue an update of the inspection at the end of March.

Paper Machine Upgrade Plans
Separately, Orient Paper has begun the process of finalizing the renovation plan on its 150,000 tonnes per year corrugating medium production line, as earlier announced. The width of the machine will be expanded from 3.2 meters to 5.6 meters with a new production capacity of 250,000 tonnes per year. Orient Paper is preparing for the construction site for demolition of certain facilities and anticipates to sign the paper machine construction contract with an equipment supplier when the layout design is finalized later this month.

Mr. Zhenyong Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, commented, "We will fully cooperate with the government's inspection and are confident that we will be able to comply with all their rigorous tests. While we are excited about the ongoing tissue paper and production line renovation projects which will bring further growth to our business, we remain firmly committed to environmental protection and will place a top priority in undertaking all necessary procedures and systems to ensure a sustainable business for Orient Paper."

Orient Paper, Inc. is a leading paper manufacturer in North China. Using recycled paper as its primary raw material, Orient Paper produces and distributes three types of paper products namely, packaging paper (corrugating medium paper), offset printing paper, and other paper products, including digital photo paper, and household/tissue paper that the company is currently expanding into.

SOURCE: Orient Paper, Inc.