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AWC and AFPA express concerns about US Environmental Protection Agency's final Clean Power Plan

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AWC and AFPA express concerns about US Environmental Protection Agency's final Clean Power Plan

August 03, 2015 - 02:49
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WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 3, 2015 (Press Release) -American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski and American Forest Paper Association (AFPA) President and CEO Donna Harman have issued the following statements expressing concern about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) final Clean Power Plan released today.

Robert Glowinski, President and CEO, AWC:

"The forest products industry operates in a highly competitive market and increases in our energy costs can significantly harm our competitiveness. Moreover, EPA's biogenic accounting framework took steps to recognize the unique energy benefits of using biomass residuals, and EPA needs to fully recognize that carbon neutrality across their regulations. We will carefully consider all legal and legislative options to address our concerns."

Donna Harman, President and CEO, AFPA:

"We are reviewing both the final Clean Power Plan and the proposed Federal Implementation Plan to ensure that biomass energy produced from forest products manufacturing residuals is recognized as a carbon benefit to the atmosphere. We're concerned that purchased electricity costs for manufacturers will increase as a result of this EPA action and the nation's grid reliability will be further jeopardized. We believe that the final rule is an unprecedented federal intrusion on local energy mix decisions previously in the hands of the states and consumers."

About AWC

The American Wood Council (AWC) is the voice of North American wood products manufacturing, representing over 75 percent of an industry that provides approximately 400,000 men and women with family-wage jobs. AWC members make products that are essential to everyday life from a renewable resource that absorbs and sequesters carbon. Staff experts develop state-of-the-art engineering data, technology, and standards for wood products to assure their safe and efficient design, as well as provide information on wood design, green building, and environmental regulations. AWC also advocates for balanced government policies that affect wood products.

About AFPA

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.