Wauna mill workers and Georgia-Pacific have real cause for pride in Wauna's record of environmental stewardship, reflected in winning G-P's Environmental Excellence Award.

The philosophy outlined by Bill Caffey, G-P's executive vice president of operations and compliance, is laudable. Any natural resource-based business must conduct itself in ways that are sustainable over the long haul, not just for the corporation but for the communities and habitats where the company is based. Wauna does that.

It also is notable that Wauna's 1,100 employees play such a constructive role in their communities. In many cases, these are people who fish in the Columbia. They make their homes here, volunteer in countless ways that contribute to our society's success, pay taxes and plan to be here all their lives. Rooted to this incredible region, Wauna and its people are good citizens.

As Rep. Brad Witt said, "The mark of a truly great company is one that operates sustainably, embraces the interests of the larger community, and uses every opportunity to foster partnerships, and this defines precisely Wauna Mill and United Steelworkers Local 1097."

The pulp and paper industry has come a long and commendable way in the past 20 years, and Wauna is helping lead the way. Bravo.

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