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International Paper's Pensacola Mill Experiences Pulp Digester Explosion

IP Pensacola mill International Paper's containerboard mill in Cantonment, Florida experienced an explosion from a pulp digester that scattered wood fiber, water and pulping liquor over the surrounfing area.

Jan. 23, 2017 (Press Release) - On the evening of Jan. 22, International Paper Company (IP) experienced significant structural damage to the largest pulp digester as well as the power house at its Pensacola pulp and paper mill in Cantonment, Florida. No one at the mill was injured.

Response teams are working with local, state and federal agencies to provide information for those impacted. The incident released a mixture of wood fiber, water and pulping liquor into the surrounding community. We have engaged contractors to develop and implement plans to clean up and dispose of the discharged material as quickly as possible. We are providing all necessary support and resources to our local community and residents as we work through the clean-up.

Our primary focus is on ensuring the health and safety of our employees, contractors and neighbors and on the clean-up of the affected areas and property.

Currently, the mill is not operating. We are assessing the extent of the damage to the mill, evaluating supply options and will be working closely with our customers to meet their needs.

SOURCE: International Paper