Media Advisory: AF&PA’s Paul Noe to Testify Before House Judiciary Committee on Regulatory Reform Legislation

Nov 02, 2015
CONTACT: Jessica McFaul / Chuck Fuqua
(202) 463-2436, comm@afandpa.org

WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Vice President, Public Policy Paul Noe will testify on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at the House Judiciary Committee Hearing on H.R. 3438, the “Require Evaluation before Implementing Executive Wishlists Act of 2015”; and H.R.2631, the “Regulatory Predictability for Business Growth Act of 2015.”

Full hearing details available here.

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m.
WHERE: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building

Testimony excerpt: “We recognize that sensible regulations provide many important benefits, including protecting the environment, health and safety. The paper and wood products manufacturing industry has met many costly regulatory challenges over the years, spending billions of dollars as part of its environmental stewardship. Those investments have led to major improvements in air quality, such as a 22 percent reduction in emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and 42 percent for sulfur dioxide (SO2) by our pulp and paper facilities since 2000. Unfortunately, the industry faces new regulatory challenges – many driven by lawsuits under the Clean Air Act – that together could impose more than $10 billion in new capital obligations on the industry over the next decade, a regulatory burden that could be unsustainable.

"Along with the cumulative cost, complexity and sheer number of regulations, the uncertainty in the federal regulatory process creates major challenges for investment, capital planning, and job creation. We believe that the two bills before the committee – H.R. 2631 and H.R. 3438 – would help to increase regulatory transparency, harmonize regulatory requirements, avoid wasting limited resources, and increase regulatory certainty.”

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Editor’s Note: Full testimony available upon request.

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 afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.