Paper, Wood Products Manufacturers Press Implementation of Existing Ozone Standards, Support Legislation

Jun 03, 2015
AWC: Heather Stegner
(202) 463-4756, hstegner@awc.org
AF&PA: Jessica McFaul / Chuck Fuqua
(202) 463-2436, comm@afandpa.org

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski and American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statements for the organizations’ joint testimony submitted for  today’s Senate Environment and Public Works hearing on impact and achievability of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) ozone standard.

The associations’ joint testimony is available here.

Robert Glowinski, President and CEO, AWC:
“We appreciate congressional introduction of legislation and agency oversight activities to allow states to act on the current strict ozone NAAQS. As AWC has consistently expressed, tightening the standards is simply premature when EPA just published implementation policies and schedule for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS  earlier this year. The health effects evidence for ozone has not changed significantly since 2008, so states should be allowed to implement the current standard and assess the continued air quality improvements from current programs  before moving the goal posts again so soon. ”  

Donna Harman, President and CEO, AF&PA:
“EPA should focus on implementing the 2008 ozone standards before shifting focus to further tighten them, and we appreciate Congress’ efforts to bring certainty to this issue by introducing legislation to address our concerns. Lowering the standard at this time could place up to five times more paper and wood product mills at risk with billions in additional controls while the science shows the current standard is protective of public health.”

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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 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

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.