PORT TOWNSEND — Earlier this year, when new Port Townsend Paper Corp. management came aboard, both CEO Charles Hodges and mill manager Roger Loney said they would focus on increasing the paper mill’s environmental consciousness.
Earlier this month, the company announced a voluntary agreement with the state departments of Ecology and Health that will require it to expand its air emissions data collection at the Port Townsend Paper mill.
Last week, the company confirmed a deal with Washington State Parks that adds 250 acres of property to nearby Old Fort Townsend State Park.
Company officials are saying that while they are happy to take these steps, they believe they are just the beginning of what the 81-year-old mill can do to become more environmentally stable.
“Our commitment to the company’s environmental responsibilities continues to be a core value,” Loney said.
“It is our belief that if you run an operation safely, efficiently and in compliance with the regulations, you will be sustainable for the long haul.”