International Paper Company (IP) experienced significant structural damage to the largest pulp digester as well as the power house at its Pensacola pulp and paper mill in Cantonment, Florida. No one at the mill was injured.
The incident released a mixture of wood fiber, water and pulping liquor into the surrounding community.
The company has engaged contractors to develop and implement plans to clean up and dispose of the discharged material as quickly as possible.
According to IP, its primary focus is on ensuring the health and safety of employees, contractors and neighbors and on the clean-up of the affected areas and property.