Paper, Wood Products Industry Urges EPA to Maintain Current Ozone Standards

Jan 29, 2015

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

WASHINGTON –
American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman has issued the following statement in advance of the association’s testimony at today’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public hearing on ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS).

AF&PA’s complete testimony is available here: http://www.afandpa.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/here.pdf?sfvrsn=0

“We’ve reviewed the science at length, and the fact is the existing standards are adequately protective and should not be tightened beyond the current 75 ppb at this time. EPA’s own evidence is limited and inconsistent across the available studies. Furthermore, the agency’s 2008 NAAQS have not been fully implemented to know the resulting benefits from that round of compliance. EPA should focus its efforts on completing the 2008 standards implementation before piling on more costly compliance investments that the science shows would have a negligible impact on overall air quality.”

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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 over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 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.