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AF&PA: 41 US senators express concern over EPA Boiler MACT rule job losses

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AF&PA: 41 US senators express concern over EPA Boiler MACT rule job losses

September 28, 2010 - 05:15
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WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 28, 2010 (Press Release) -The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) and American Wood Council (AWC) today commended the 41 U.S. Senators who sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson expressing their concerns about the threat to manufacturing jobs posed by EPA's proposed maximum achievable control technology rule for industrial boilers, commonly referred to as Boiler MACT.

"At a time when policymakers are rightly saying we need to preserve and grow manufacturing jobs, the proposed Boiler MACT rule as drafted would actually work against that objective," said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. "I want to thank Senators Alexander, Bayh, Collins, Landrieu, Voinovich and Wyden for their leadership on this effort to create a win-win for jobs and the environment."

In their letter, the Senators stated, "While we support efforts to address serious health threats from air emissions, we also believe that regulations can be crafted in a balanced way that sustains both the environment and jobs."

"The proposed Boiler MACT rule could put thousands of jobs at risk in the wood products industry, which has already been particularly hard hit in recent economic times," said American Wood Council President Robert Glowinski. "EPA can still revise the proposed rule in a way that protects the environment and saves the jobs our workers depend upon to support their families."

Boiler MACT sets emission limits for industrial boilers and process heaters used by a wide range of manufacturers, such as forest products mills, as well as universities, hospitals, small municipal power plants, Federal facilities and many others. The proposed Boiler MACT rule would set emission limits at barely detectable and possibly unachievable levels; require installation of up to four different air pollution control devices that will conflict with other control requirements; and impose costs to the forest products industry resulting in lost jobs. Our organizations look forward to working with EPA to craft a final regulation taking our concerns into account.

Click here to view theSenate letterand thecomplete list of signatories.

This story was corrected by AF&PA to correct a quote from the senators' letter.