Paper, Wood Products Manufacturers Testify in Favor of Current Ozone Standards at EPA Public Hearing

Feb 02, 2015

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

WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman and American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski have issued the following statements supporting the facts presented in the organizations’ joint testimony at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) public hearing in Sacramento, Calif. on national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone.

Donna Harman, President and CEO, AF&PA:
“We are concerned that EPA is headed down the path of imposing another costly, more stringent limit that would have a negligible impact on overall air quality. Our mills are in rural areas and offer among the highest paying jobs in their communities. Recent investments are bringing declines in emissions without this new unwarranted ozone proposal.”

Robert Glowinski, President and CEO, AWC:
“The 2008 standards have not been fully implemented, leaving any resulting air quality benefits unknown, yet the agency is already and again moving the goal posts by tightening standards to scientifically unsupported levels. They are looking at the same science that was used to set the 2008 levels; nothing significant has changed since that time. EPA and states should focus on completing the steps from the previous tightening before piling on another job-threatening compliance investment that will yield little return.”

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Editor’s Note: Complete testimony will be posted shortly to afandpa.org and www.awc.org; will be forwarded upon request.

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 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.

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 approximately 400,000 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