AWC, AF&PA respond to EPA’s federal ozone standard review

Nov 26, 2014

AWC: Heather Stegner
(202) 463-4756, hstegner@awc.org
AF&PA: Jessica McFaul / Chuck Fuqua 
(202) 463-2436, comm@afandpa.org

WASHINGTON – The American Wood Council (AWC) and the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) are concerned about today’s proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the federal ozone standard be tightened to between 65 and 70 ppb from the current level of 75 ppb set in 2008.

“We are pleased EPA has acknowledged that retention of the current standard is a legitimate option for comment. However, AWC is very concerned with the economic impacts if the ozone standard is tightened as EPA prefers, because it may lead wood products manufacturers to cancel or delay job-creating projects,” said AWC President and CEO Robert Glowinski. “The fact is that the science shows the current standard to be protective, and until it clearly shows otherwise, there is no reason to put jobs or mill improvements at risk.”

“EPA’s tightened 2008 standard has not been fully implemented, and after six years, EPA hasn’t even issued the companion implementation guidance,” said AF&PA President & CEO Donna Harman. “Before moving the goal post and creating more costly uncertainty for business investment by paper and wood products manufacturers, EPA should focus on full implementation of the 2008 standard.”

EPA is required to review the standard every five years.

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About AWC
The American Wood Council (AWC) is the voice of North American wood products manufacturing, representing over 75 percent of an industry that provides more than 360,000 men and women with family-wage jobs. AWC members make products that are essential to everyday life from a renewable resource that absorbs and sequesters carbon. Staff experts develop state-of-the-art engineering data, technology, and standards for wood products to assure their safe and efficient design, as well as provide information on wood design, green building, and environmental regulations. AWC also advocates for balanced government policies that affect wood products.
www.awc.org | @woodcouncil

About AF&PA
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 about $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.