American Forest Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman has issued the following statement regarding the letter sent today to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency from 154 members of the U.S. House of Representatives supporting biomass as a sustainable energy source.
"The paper and wood products manufacturing industry is the largest producer and user of bioenergy of any U.S. industrial sector. Our industry's use of biomass residuals and commitments to forest planting and regrowth help to ensure that the nation's forest stocks are stable and rising. The natural carbon cycle should be recognized in EPA policies.
"This letter from House members joins support from Senators, scientists and agencies around the world in recognizing the carbon neutrality of biomass energy. AFPA thanks Representatives Ribble, Bishop, Poliquin, Schrader, Harper and Graham for their leadership."
The American Forest Paper Association (AFPA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AFPA 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 47 states.