Savannah River Mill: Environment

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At Georgia-Pacific’s Savannah River Mill, we make protecting the safety and health of our employees, our community and our environment an important part of what we do each and every day. From our responsible use of natural resources to our efforts to minimize the potential for off-site impact, we are committed to remaining a quality employer and a valued member of the Effingham County community.

Valuing Safety

Having our team members go home to their families every day the same way that they are when they come to work is something we value at Georgia‐Pacific. That’s why our team works so hard to find hazards and manage risks so that we will have a workplace where no one is ever injured.

The safety of our team members is more than a priority that could change from day to day for us. It’s something we constantly value.

Environmental Performance

The Savannah River Mill’s operation is regulated and monitored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GaEPD). Our regulatory permits are designed by both federal and state environmental regulatory agencies to protect people and the environment. These agencies conduct both routine and unannounced inspections of our operation to ensure we are doing exactly what we have committed to doing.

The Savannah River Mill submits Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reports annually to the EPA. The data we report are developed using EPA and industry calculation guidance and represent environmental releases of EPA-designated chemicals from the mill for the entire year. The term “releases” includes activities such as waste disposal and treatment as well as permitted air emissions and water discharges.

Learn more about how we manage our use of water and our air emissions.

For information about our emissions and related permits, go to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website:  http://echo.epa.gov/.  You can use the Search Location to find information about the Savannah River Mill operation.  More information regarding our emissions and control efforts can be found at the EPA links provided below:

Resource Stewardship

Minimizing our impact on the environment begins with responsible and sustainable management of our own natural resources. Whether it’s managing our wildlife habitat as part of the Wildlife Habitat Council’s Conservation Certification program or finding ways to reduce our water and energy usage, the Savannah River Mill team members constantly look for innovative ways to operate our equipment in an efficient and environmentally responsible manner.

To learn more about our water processes, click here.

Working Hard to be a Good Neighbor

We consider it a privilege to operate in the Effingham County community. That’s why we work hard to minimize the potential for off-site impact of our operation and to protect the land, air and water around our mill. We have an environmental management system to help us manage our processes for air, water quality and waste stream management. We also regularly conduct community audits to monitor how we’re doing.

Not only do we want to be a good neighbor to those who live around our facility, but approximately 40 percent of our more than 900 employees live in Effingham County, along with their children, grandchildren, friends and families. We care about our community because we live, work and play here, too.