Donna Harman, president and CEO of the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Washington, has issued a statement welcoming the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement of a 15-month extension period for further comments on changes to the proposed Boiler MACT rule.
“We welcome EPA’s decision to take more time to evaluate the data that will support a Boiler MACT rule that puts ‘achievability’ back in MACT,” said Harman. “Last week’s disappointing jobs numbers underscore the urgency for the country to find a path forward on environmental regulations that will support existing jobs and new job creation.”
Continued Harman, “In August, AF&PA publicly released a report on the impact the proposed rule would have on manufacturing jobs, citing nearly 17,000 jobs that would be lost at pulp and paper mills, and almost 72,000 jobs at risk throughout the industry’s supply chain.” She added that “AF&PA submitted more than 500 pages of comments on the proposed rule, detailing the issues of concern and offering alternative approaches to protect the environment and support jobs.”
Harman concluded by saying, “We support EPA’s decision to ask the court for 15 more months to re-propose the Boiler MACT rule and make a thorough assessment of the data. I am hopeful the EPA has heard the concerns with the aspects of the initially proposed rule and that the revised rule will be written with an eye toward U.S. competitiveness.”
The AF&PA is a national trade association representing packaging and wood products manufacturers, forest landowners and the pulp and paper industry, including mills that consume recovered fiber. More information on the group can be found at www.afandpa.org.