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AF&PA: EPA’s MACT rule will cost US jobs

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AF&PA: EPA’s MACT rule will cost US jobs

August 05, 2010 - 06:12
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WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 5, 2010 (Press Release) -The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) today applauded the 106 members of Congress 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 Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule. The letter comes while EPA is receiving comments on the proposed rule from stakeholders.

"AF&PA fully supports efforts aimed at protecting the environment and public health. Yet by mandating billions of dollars in upfront investments where they may not be needed-and at a time when our economy continues to struggle-the EPA's current approach will cause huge job losses within the forest products industry and many others," said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. "Many of these jobs are located in rural areas and former manufacturing centers-just the types of communities that cannot afford additional economic pain. Our country needs a more targeted regulatory approach that directs investment and resources to the real sources of health and environmental risk."

Boiler MACT sets emission limits for air pollutants from 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 levels which are barely detectable and possibly unachievable; require installation of up to four different air pollution control devices that will conflict with other existing control requirements; and impose costs to the forest products industry of a magnitude that could result in lost jobs.

In their letter, the members of Congress noted, "As our nation struggles to recover from the current recession, we are deeply concerned that the potential impact of pending Clean Air regulations could be unsustainable for U.S. manufacturing and the high-paying jobs it provides."

"The forest product industry and the communities that depend on it have suffered substantial job losses during recent economic times," added Harman. "I want to thank Representatives Minnick, Aderholt, Butterfield and Shimkus for their leadership on this effort to save American manufacturing jobs from being regulated out of existence."