American Forest & Paper Association President (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman on Dec. 23 issued the following statement in support of the District of Columbia (D.C.) Circuit Court's December 23rd decision to remand the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule:
“With this ruling, the court has provided an opening for the EPA to quickly address concerns and finalize a rule that supports our industry's capability to generate essential power from its boilers. We're pleased that the court has listened to our support of a remand, and we urge the agency to work as quickly as possible to bring this rule to closure after 20 years and three tries.
“Our industry has been subject to a roller coaster of regulatory uncertainty that needs to stop. We need and deserve affordable and achievable standards that are not constantly in flux.”
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020.
The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $200 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states.