Paper, Wood Products Manufacturers Press Implementation of Existing Ozone Standards, Support

American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski and American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statements for the organizations’ joint testimony submitted for  today’s Senate Environment and Public Works hearing on impact and achievability of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) ozone standard.

The associations’ joint testimony is available here.

Robert Glowinski, President and CEO, AWC: “We appreciate congressional introduction of legislation and agency oversight activities to allow states to act on the current strict ozone NAAQS. As AWC has consistently expressed, tightening the standards is simply premature when EPA just published implementation policies and schedule for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS  earlier this year. The health effects evidence for ozone has not changed significantly since 2008, so states should be allowed to implement the current standard and assess the continued air quality improvements from current programs  before moving the goal posts again so soon. ”

Donna Harman, President and CEO, AF&PA:  “EPA should focus on implementing the 2008 ozone standards before shifting focus to further tighten them, and we appreciate Congress’ efforts to bring certainty to this issue by introducing legislation to address our concerns. Lowering the standard at this time could place up to five times more paper and wood product mills at risk with billions in additional controls while the science shows the current standard is protective of public health.”

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