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WestRock To Start 22-Day Outage On Sept. 30

Covington, VA (Sept 27, 2019) - The Covington mill will begin a planned 22-day outage the morning of September 30. This is a rolling, full-mill outage. The entire mill will be totally down from October 8 through October 10. Work will be done in the Woodyard from October 4-14; Bleach Room and Unbleached Pulp Mill from October 6-11; Power from September 30 – October 11; and Recovery from October 5 – 15. The paper machines will be down at various times throughout the outage.

The No. 1 Power Boiler is scheduled to start the shutdown process the evening of September 29. There may be a short period of steam blows during the shutdown.

The No. 1 Recovery Unit will shut down the morning of October 5. There will be some noise and possibly some odor noticeable in the area that morning.

Recovery will begin shutting down the No. 2 Recovery Unit the evening of October 6, and during that time, there will be some noise and possibly some odor noticeable in the area.

During the early morning of October 7, all the steam systems in the mill will shut down and steam blows will occur. Due to the Recovery outage, odor may be noticeable from October 7 – 9.

Power will be charging the main steam headers which could cause some noise through the night on Thursday, October 10, and into Friday, October 11, in preparation of the startup of the power boilers.

On October 14 and 15, the No. 1 Recovery Unit will startup and steam blows will be loud during this time.

We will work to minimize noise / odor to the community during this outage. While work is being performed, equipment will be shut down and brought back online at different intervals for maintenance. There is a possibility that steam pop-offs could occur as equipment is shut down and brought back online.

If you have any concerns, please contact Public Affairs at 969-5569. If you do not get an answer, please leave a message.

There will be a larger than normal number of contractor employees working in the mill during the outage. At the peak of the outage, there will be approximately 800 to 1,000 contract employees working in the mill. Please be aware of the extra traffic around the mill, the WestRock parking lots, and entrance / exit gates during the outage period, especially around 5 to 7 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

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