AWC, AF&PA Applaud House Passage of Ozone Bill

Jun 08, 2016

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) President and CEO Robert Glowinski and American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statements following today’s U.S. House of Representatives vote on the Ozone Standards Implementation Act (H.R. 4775), which would prevent rushed implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2015 national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) ozone standard. The bill was led by Reps. Pete Olson (R-TX), Bill Flores (R-TX), Steve Scalise (R-LA), Bob Latta (R-OH), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX).

Robert Glowinski, President and CEO, AWC:

“We support clean air and realistic, science-based air quality standards. This bill provides a common-sense approach for implementing NAAQS and recognizes ongoing state efforts to improve air quality through a reasonable implementation schedule. The legislation’s permitting relief and other reforms are also an important step toward air standards that balance environmental protection and economic development. AWC thanks Congressman Olson and the lead sponsors for their leadership on H.R. 4775.” 

Donna Harman, President and CEO, AF&PA:

“Our industry has already invested billions of dollars to help make our air cleaner while making products essential for everyday life. The bipartisan legislation will allow air quality improvements to continue without causing local communities to miss out on new jobs and economic growth as industry sectors face the risk of becoming uncompetitive in the global marketplace. We thank the House for passing H.R. 4775 and encourage the U.S. Senate to take swift action on the bill as well.”

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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.

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About AF&PA

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue 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 - www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.