“We appreciate the EPA’s recognition of the need for sensible NSR accounting procedures that will provide a clear and concise approach to air permitting under the Clean Air Act. Codifying the concepts in the March 2018 PEA memo to allow increases and decreases in emissions to be counted together will exclude minor projects from a burdensome and inefficient permitting process. This NSR rule is part of a broader EPA effort to modernize an antiquated and complicated system and ensure our industry’s global competitiveness. We will continue to partner with stakeholders and decision makers to advance regulatory process reforms such as this to support our industry’s ability to innovate, invest and create American manufacturing jobs.”
American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman thanked Congress for reaffirming that federal regulatory policy should reflect the carbon neutrality of forest-based renewable biomass. Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations legislation, which passed the House and Senate, contains legislative language to that effect.
“We thank our bipartisan Congressional champions for advancing a measure that recognizes long-standing scientific principles and appropriately reflects the paper and wood products industry’s use of carbon neutral biomass for energy production. We are one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the nation and deserve clear public policy that supports our ability to grow the economy, create American manufacturing jobs and stay in step with global competition. We look forward to working with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy and the United States Department of Agriculture to fully implement this Congressional directive.”