Boise's Wallula Operations Achieve ISO 14001 Certification

Environmental Management Systems at Boise's Pulp and Paper Mill in Wallula,

Washington, Certified as Meeting ISO 14001 Standards

May 22, 2006, 01:00 ET from Boise Cascade

    BOISE, Idaho, May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Boise Cascade announced today that
 its pulp and paper mill in Wallula, Washington, has been certified as
 meeting ISO 14001 environmental standards. Established by the International
 Organization for Standardization, ISO 14001 is recognized as the leading
 standard for environmental management systems (EMS). Certification
 indicates that Wallula's environmental management systems comply with ISO
 14001 standards and demonstrates the company's commitment to high standards
 of environmental stewardship and to continuously improving its
 environmental activities.
     "Achieving ISO 14001 certification is a good indicator of the
 environmental direction Boise is taking," said Ray Lam, environmental
 manager at Wallula. "We plan to minimize our environmental footprint and,
 in doing so, minimize our environmental risk and costs as well." Wallula's
 EMS establishes how to set clear environmental objectives, document best
 practices, and review them to ensure continuous improvement.
     Support from Boise corporate environmental and legal personnel, along
 with good communication among company facilities, were important factors in
 Wallula's success. "Our strong corporate audit program and learning from
 the experience of Boise's ISO 14001-certified paper mill in Jackson,
 Alabama, really helped," Lam said.
     ISO 14001 certification formalizes Wallula's policy that environmental
 compliance is a minimum expectation, not a goal. The mill has a
 long-standing record of reducing its environmental footprint by reusing
 urban wood and recycling scrap metal, used oil, paper, and toner. ISO 14001
 certification recognizes the mill's efforts and demonstrates its
 environmental commitment to employees, customers and vendors.
     "I am proud of the work of the employees at the Wallula mill who make
 this certification possible," said Miles Hewitt, senior vice president and
 general manager, Boise Paper. "Achieving ISO 14001 certification at Wallula
 clearly demonstrates the mill's commitment to environmental excellence."
     About Boise Cascade
     Boise, headquartered in Boise, Idaho, manufactures engineered wood
 products, plywood, lumber, and particleboard and distributes a broad line
 of building materials, including wood products manufactured by the company.
 Boise also manufactures a wide range of specialty and premium products,
 including imaging papers for the office and home and papers for pressure
 sensitive applications, as well as printing and converting papers,
 containerboard and corrugated boxes, newsprint, and market pulp. Visit
 Boise's website at

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