AF&PA Thanks Congress for Clarifying Federal Regulatory Policy on Biomass Carbon Neutrality

May 04, 2017
AF&PA: Chuck Fuqua / Barbara Riley
(202) 463-2436, comm@afandpa.org

WASHINGTON - American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement regarding Congressional passage of the fiscal year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill – legislation that includes language clarifying federal regulatory policy to reflect the carbon-neutrality of forest-based biomass. The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate passed the measure, and President Trump is expected to sign it into law.
 
“U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers have for seven years sought clear policy direction on the carbon neutrality of forest-based renewable biomass energy. Thanks to Congressional action, federal agencies can now ensure the U.S. is no longer out of step with our global competitors.  Today’s action is the type of policy that can foster growth in U.S. manufacturing.

“Through the benefit of Congressional direction, federal biomass policy will appropriately reflect our industry’s use of carbon neutral biomass for energy. That’s called progress. We are grateful for the leadership of Senators Collins (R-ME) and Murkowski (R-AK) and Congressmen Simpson (R-ID) and Calvert (R-CA) and the support of their many colleagues.”  

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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 - 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.