Paper, Wood Manufacturers Push for Release of Biogenic CO2 Accounting Framework in Light of 111(d) Comment Period Extension

Sep 16, 2014

CONTACT: Jessica McFaul / Chuck Fuqua
(202) 463-2436, comm@afandpa.org

WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extending the comment period for its 111(d) proposed rule, reiterating the urgency of releasing the Accounting Framework for Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources.

“We’re pleased to see that EPA has extended the comment period for the 111(d) proposed rule; however, this does not change for us the urgent need for EPA to release its revised biogenic CO2 accounting framework. In order for anyone who uses biomass for energy to provide meaningful public comment on biomass-related issues, we must know how EPA plans to treat biomass-based emissions in regulations going forward.”

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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 $210 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 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.