SMN: Evergreen gets its green: Lawmakers approve $12 million for natural gas upgrades in Canton

From the Smoky Mountain News:

Evergreen gets its green: Lawmakers approve $12 million for natural gas upgrades in Canton

by Jeremy Morrison

In a last-minute turnaround, North Carolina lawmakers wrapped up their short session last week with passage of a bill granting Evergreen Packaging’s paper mill in Canton $12 million for natural gas upgrades.

The economic incentive money was initially denied on grounds that the bill had been loaded down with extra amendments many were finding unpalatable. After being voted down Aug. 19, it was then passed the next day — minus the extra amendments.

“[The bill] was lost yesterday and today it’s been found,” N.C. Rep. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, said after the bill’s passage. “The mill is safe and the plant will be served with natural gas. I hope we have a long and secure future for Evergreen Packaging and the jobs and workers of Haywood County.”

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