Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, 22 June 2009 – Catalyst Paper (TSX:CTL) today announced that its Snowflake recycle newsprint mill in northeast Arizona will be idled for an additional 10 days in July as a consequence of order declines affected by the black liquor tax rebate. This will bring Snowflake curtailments in July to approximately 20 days with nearly 300 employees affected by layoffs.
“The U.S. black liquor tax credit puts recycled paper mills at an enormous competitive disadvantage,” said Richard Garneau, Catalyst president and chief executive officer. “Snowflake makes an environmentally desirable paper product in an environmentally friendly way, but cost-efficiency cannot overcome the subsidy represented by the tax credit. It is ironic that the black liquor tax credit arose from legislation that was supposed to help the environment and now threatens the well-being of an environmentally focused enterprise,” said Garneau. “Snowflake is already operating at less than full capacity due to the weak economy. A level playing field is critical to the future of this mill.”
Catalyst’s Snowflake mill is a 100% recycled newsprint manufacturing operation and the second largest private employer in northeast Arizona. The mill consumes more than 480,000 tons of recycled paper annually that would otherwise end up in landfills.
Catalyst Paper manufactures diverse specialty printing papers, newsprint and pulp. Its customers include retailers, publishers and commercial printers in North America, Latin America, the Pacific Rim, and Europe. With six mills strategically located in British Columbia and Arizona, Catalyst has a combined annual production capacity of 2.5 million metric tons. The company is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, and its common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CTL.