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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman announced the organization’s support for a Congressional resolution to disapprove the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Risk Management Plan (RMP) rule under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) introduced the resolution to accomplish that goal in the United States House of Representatives on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
“We welcome the use of the Congressional Review Act to disapprove the EPA’s final Risk Management Plan – a costly and burdensome midnight rule that does not deliver additional safety beyond the previous regulation. In fact, some provisions of the new rule may actually impede efforts to create a safer workplace and community by diverting resources away from proven approaches. Our manufacturers continue to make improvements and work to provide a safe workplace for employees and the communities that surround our facilities.
“We urge the House to quickly move to disapprove the final RMP under the Congressional Review Act and hope the Senate follows suit.”
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 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.