George Mead proved that the paper industry and clean water can coexist

Former Consolidated Papers CEO George Mead (left), who died July 29, is shown here in 2006 with George Rogers, former editor and publisher of the Stevens Point Journal.

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The story is told of George Mead II drinking from a glass of Wisconsin River water after the water made its way through a new state-of-the-art Consolidated Papers water treatment facility he was unveiling in central Wisconsin in the 1970s.

Mead was CEO of Consolidated then, and he was proud of the facility and Consolidated’s efforts to not only meet but exceed Clean Water Act standards. He is said to have told the gathering that the water in the glass was much cleaner than when it entered Consolidated’s paper mills.

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Source: The Cap Times

 

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