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    • AbitibiBowater to Certify 8 Million Acres of Forest to FSC Standards
          ABH (NYSE, TSX)
          MONTREAL, Sept. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - AbitibiBowater announced today that it
      intends to certify three forest units to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
      forest management standards. These units are located in Ontario, Quebec and
      Nova Scotia, representing a total area of approximately 8 million acres
      (3.2 million hectares). The process to certify these areas was initiated
      several months ago and efforts are progressing well.
          This decision builds on AbitibiBowater's existing commitments to certify
      100% of its managed forests to one of the three predominant North American
      certification standards, including the Canadian Standards Association (CSA),
      Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and FSC. AbitibiBowater has an inclusive
      approach to certification, recognizing each of these three standards.
          With 95% of its woodlands operations now certified, AbitibiBowater has
      more third party certified sustainable forest land than any other company in
      the world. Currently, 46 million acres - an area larger than the size of
      Florida - are certified to independent, internationally-recognized standards.
          "AbitibiBowater is already the world's largest manager of certified
      sustainable forests in the world," said David Paterson, President and Chief
      Executive Officer. "Our decision to add FSC certification to these woodland
      operations provides an additional independent confirmation of the value of our
      forest management practices and underscores our commitment to the natural
      resources under our care."
          Once these certifications have been achieved, AbitibiBowater will manage
      one of the largest areas of FSC-certified forests in Canada. The Forest
      Stewardship Council is an international, non-profit association, whose
      membership includes environmental organizations, indigenous peoples, and
      several forest products producers and retailers.
          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,