AUGUSTA  — The Finance Authority of Maine says it has done its part to assist in the restart of one of the two paper mills in the Katahdin region.

FAME’s board approved a direct loan of $1 million to assist as operations resume in East Millinocket, where about 215 workers have been recalled. FAME says the loan approved in mid-November will help the company make personal property tax payments due to the towns by the end of 2011.

Richard Cyr, CEO of Great Northern Paper, says the paper company is appreciative of FAME’s “swift and flexible actions.”

The East Millinocket mill recalled workers in October. The startup of the Millinocket mill’s paper-making machine is less certain.