Denver Lumber honored by U.S. Senator
U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-Colorado) commended Denver Lumber for stocking and selling beetle-killed lumber for construction — and called on home builders and other lumber distributors to do the same.
"Denver Lumber is filling a much-needed niche in Colorado by supplying beetle-killed wood to home builders,” Udall said in a statement. “I applaud their leadership in putting beetle kill to use and supporting rural economies that depend on our forests."
The senator pointed out that the Mountain West has millions of acres of beetle-killed trees turning into fuel for wildfires and endangering communities. “Using beetle-killed wood products in home construction is a creative solution that creates multiple wins for Colorado.” Udall added. “It helps clear forests of dead and dying trees, protects public safety, and stimulates jobs in the lumber, forest-management and construction industries across our state.”
Udall last year called on Colorado home builders to use beetle kill at an event showcasing a home built by New Town Builders, a Denver builder of energy-efficient homes that has pledged to use pine-beetle wood in constructing its homes. Denver Lumber gets its stock from the Intermountain Resources mill, one of the sawmills that was able to renegotiate its timber contracts last year after Udall worked with the U.S. Forest Service to free them from burdensome, pre-recession agreements.
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LP restates a larger loss for 2011
Louisiana-Pacific Corp. reported that it has adjusted its 2011 results to reflect a wider loss in 2011.
After the adjustment, LP’s 2011 net loss was $181.3 million. On Feb. 7, LP reported a net loss of $170.7 million.
The adjustment comes from a non-cash impairment charge related to its investment in its U.S. Greenfiber joint venture due to information received after the release of earnings.
The building product company said that on Feb. 24, 2012, it was notified that the valuation of this joint venture had decreased significantly based upon work being performed as part of Greenfiber’s annual audit. As a result of this, LP has adjusted its 2011 losses, which were previously reported in a press release dated Feb. 7, 2012.
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EPA fines lumber mill $108,000
Sanders Wood Products Co. of Liberal, Ore., will pay more than $108,000 in penalties related to violation of PCB laws, according to an article in Salem-News.com.
The paper quoted Scott Downey, manager of the pesticides and PCBs unit in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Seattle office: "There are clear standards for how to manage toxic chemicals like PCBs so they don’t harm people or the environment. This dangerous family of chemicals accumulates in the body and can be extremely difficult and expensive to clean up."
The fines grew out of inspections back in 2009, according to the article. Sanders Wood Products has also certified it is currently meeting all requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act at each of its facilities.
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