Imagine mornings without orange juice, summer picnics without strawberries or holiday dinners without apple pie. Such a future is possible if we don’t take collective action to begin restoring pollinator habitats around the world. It’s estimated that one out of every three bites of food we eat is possible because of animal pollinators. Bees are the most popular pollinators, but there’s an entire segment of the animal kingdom that helps pollinate the food we eat, including some that grow in our own home gardens. Pollinators include butterflies and moths, birds, bats, beetles and many more, and without them some of our favorite foods wouldn’t exist. Yet studies show these vital pollinator populations have been declining over the last 30 years due to loss of habitat, pests, pollution, pesticides and a changing climate, among other contributing factors.
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.”