WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock released the following statement in reaction to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) final rule.
“For over a decade, AF&PA has worked with EPA on Boiler MACT to advocate for a process grounded in the best available science. We appreciate the final rule allowing mills to avoid further costly retrofits to many existing boilers. However, we are disappointed by the agency’s classification of boilers operating in the last decade as ‘new.’ The failure to update the definition of ‘new source’ is a missed opportunity.”
“The finalization of this rule gives the paper and wood products industry the regulatory certainty it needs to manufacture sustainable products using our carbon-beneficial bioenergy. Our mills are critical to manufacturing the renewable paper and wood products used by millions of Americans daily.”
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recycle resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative—Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $60 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.