American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement regarding House passage of the H.R. 6147 Department of Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2019.
The legislation included language clarifying Congress' intent for long-term federal regulatory policy reflecting the carbon-neutrality of forest-based biomass.
"When public policy supports U.S. paper and wood manufacturers' ability to operate on a level playing field with global competitors, that's good for the economy and job creation. Our companies have sought clear policy on biomass carbon neutrality for more than seven years. We thank the House for recognizing the need to foster growth in U.S. manufacturing with its action to ensure that federal biomass policy appropriately reflects our industry's use of carbon-neutral biomass for energy production. We strongly urge the Senate to follow suit."