WASHINGTON, DC, Feb. 14, 2018 (Press Release) -The American Wood Council and American Forest & Paper Association called for serious reforms in the New Source Review (NSR) permitting program in testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Environment Subcommittee. Paul Noe, Vice President for Public Policy for both associations, testified as one of six panelists at the Capitol Hill hearing - “New Source Review Permitting Challenges for Manufacturing and Infrastructure.” The full text of his testimony can be foundhere.
Robert Glowinski, President and CEO of AWC
“The existing New Source Review permitting program has created gridlock that threatens needed facility and environmental improvements. EPA needs to adopt more flexible policies and allow use of realistic emissions data and modeling. Requirements should be updated so minor projects and those that would reduce mill emissions can avoid the burdensome and time consuming permitting process currently in place. Poorly designed regulations and arcane permitting systems like NSR can cause more harm than good, waste limited resources, undermine sustainable development and erode the public’s confidence in our government.”
Donna Harman, President and CEO of AF&PA
“The New Source Review permitting program is broken and must be updated to achieve the twin purposes of the Clean Air Act to promote public health and welfare, as well as the productive capacity of the nation. We are one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the nation, have invested billions of dollars on environmental stewardship and remain committed to innovative and sustainable business practices. Yet, an inflexible NSR permitting program impedes beneficial projects and job creation and undermines paper and wood product manufacturers’ ability to effectively plan for our future. We appreciate the opportunity to make the case for serious reform with real-world examples and will continue to advocate for common-sense, realistic policy solutions.”
The American Wood Council (AWC) is the voice of North American wood products manufacturing, an industry that provides approximately 400,000 men and women in the United States with family-wage jobs. AWC represents 86 percent of the structural wood products industry, and 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.
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 four 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.