EAST MILLINOCKET — A Great Northern Paper Co. executive who said Roxanne Quimby’s national park proposal didn’t pose a threat to his industry has left the company.

Company officials said today that Great Northern President Peter Hanson is no longer with the company. A statement gave no indication why he left.

Hanson’s departure came a week after he told 75 Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce members that a national park and his industry could coexist. The Bangor Daily News first reported Hanson’s remarks; the company clarified two days later that it opposes a national park.

Quimby’s proposal has been a hot button issue. Her plan calls for donating nearly 70,000 acres next to Baxter State Park to the National Park Service.

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