I hope by the time this writing makes print, you are all seeing the signs of a more prosperous and promising 2010. We are now only about a month away from our Annual Meeting, which we’ll hold again this year in Hilton Head, South Carolina. I know the staff, as well as many of our committee leaders and members, have put significant time into making this a worthwhile session for all of our attendees, so I urge you to make every effort to be part of the gathering.
By poplar request, and with WSRI Board approval, WSRI and the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) have agreed to co-sponsor a new research project through Auburn University by Dr. Tom Gallagher and Dr. Mathew Smidt on “Factors Affecting Fuel Consumption and Harvesting Cost.” As fuel costs rise, this Project’s data will grow dramatically in value.
On July 12, AbitibiBowater announced that its Coosa Pines, Alabama pulp mill had signed a five-year contract with Alabama Power to provide the utility with 15 megawatts of generating capacity, as an element in its ongoing reconfiguration. In February, the mill stated that it would cease paper manufacturing, to concentrate on fluff pulp.