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    • AbitibiBowater Disappointed By End of Greenpeace Talks
          ABH (NYSE, TSX)
          Commitment to Improving Sustainability Continues
          MONTREAL, Sept. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - David J. Paterson, President and Chief
      Executive Officer, expressed his disappointment at today's decision by
      Greenpeace Canada to pull out of formal discussions towards building a
      collaborative process with AbitibiBowater on forest management practices in
      the boreal.
          Discussions with Greenpeace broke off over an impasse regarding specific
      harvesting areas in which Greenpeace demanded that AbitibiBowater cease its
      forestry operations. The areas identified by Greenpeace are publicly owned and
      regulated woodlands and AbitibiBowater cannot change where and how it harvests
      in them without first obtaining the support and approval of other public,
      private and community-based stakeholders.
          "AbitibiBowater is working hard to live up to our environmental promise
      to do more and to continually do better," said Mr. Paterson. "To date, we have
      achieved independent sustainable forestry certification for 95% of our managed
      woodlands - approximately 46 million acres - more than any other company in
      the world."
          The Company's 100% certification commitment builds on its inclusive
      approach to certification that recognizes all three predominant North American
      certification standards, including the CSA, FSC and SFI standards.
          "While Greenpeace's decision to end talks is unfortunate,
      AbitibiBowater's work continues," added Mr. Paterson. "My door remains open to
      solutions. And, I reiterate my invitation to Greenpeace for a joint effort to
      meet concerned stakeholders to see how we can find ways to adjust regulations
      and forestry practices. I also hope that Greenpeace will accept my other
      invitation to tour our operations and to see for itself how our practices are
          Significant progress had already been made in limiting the impact of
      forestry activities on the boreal forest. AbitibiBowater has already postponed
      harvesting in large areas of forest for numerous environmental and social
      reasons, including the protection of wildlife habitat, such as migratory
      tracks for woodland caribou as well as ensuring traditional aboriginal uses.
      In June, the Company made a significant move to encourage the resolution of
      the Government of Ontario's dispute with the Grassy Narrows First Nation by
      deciding to no longer use fiber harvested in the Whiskey Jack Forest.
          Accepting Greenpeace's demand would have forced the Company to shut down
      several operations in Québec and Ontario, putting many of its employees out of
      work and jeopardizing the supply of products to customers.
          AbitibiBowater produces a wide range of newsprint, commercial printing
      papers, market pulp and wood products. It is the eighth largest publicly
      traded pulp and paper manufacturer in the world. AbitibiBowater owns or
      operates 27 pulp and paper facilities and 34 wood products facilities located
      in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and South Korea. Marketing
      its products in more than 90 countries, the Company is also among the world's
      largest recyclers of old newspapers and magazines, and has more third-party
      certified sustainable forest land than any other company in the world.
      AbitibiBowater's shares trade under the stock symbol ABH on both the New York
      Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.
      For further information:
      For further information: Media and Others: Seth Kursman, Vice President,
      Communications and Government Affairs, (514) 394-2398,