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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of its reconsidered Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule.
“We’re encouraged that EPA has finally put forth this important proposal clarifying several areas of uncertainty that remain with Boiler MACT implementation and the associated capital investments. While we have not yet studied the proposal details, we are pleased that it intends to address the challenges of appropriate standards during start-up, shutdown, and malfunction and several outstanding technical issues.
“We generally support the core aspects of the final rules; however, unexpected delays have perpetuated an atmosphere of uncertainty, and companies are understandably hesitant to invest millions of dollars that could become stranded if the rules change in the home stretch. With this in mind, it’s only fair that EPA toll the January 2016 compliance deadline until these reconsidered rules are finalized so that companies can make investment decisions that will help them meet the final standards.”
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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 about $210 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 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.