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From: Fred Friedman (FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPA.GOV)
Date: Tue Apr 06 1999 - 10:42:19 EDT


Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 10:42:19 -0400 (EDT)
From: FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPA.GOV (Fred Friedman)
Subject: Re: Processing hemp vs. wood (Kevin)

April 6, 1999

Dear Kevin,

I know that hemp needs to be de-seeded by special machinery and that there are other pre-manufacture processing that needs to be done. I have found no evidence that current industrial paper-making machinery would have to be modified or retooled to deal with hemp as a wood substitute, nor the same for the kenaf plant. But you should check with paper industry sources for a definitive ruling. TAPPI or American Forest Paper Assn. would be good places to ask initially.

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