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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement on passage this week in the U.S. House of Representatives of three separate bills to reform aspects of the federal regulatory process: the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2013 (H.R. 1422), the Secret Science Reform Act of 2014 (H.R. 4012), and the Promoting New Manufacturing Act (H.R. 4795).
“Paper and wood products manufacturers understand too well the challenges of the current federal regulatory landscape, as evidenced by our recent experiences with EPA’s Boiler MACT and NAAQS rules, which continue to change faster than they can be implemented. Our industry continues to face challenges from recently released – as well as expected new regulatory proposals – that together could impose roughly $10 billion in new capital obligations on the industry over the next 10 years.
“The cumulative burden being imposed on business is unsustainable, and we applaud the House for taking steps to address a process that is in dire need of reform. We hope that the next Congress makes comprehensive regulatory reform a top priority.”
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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, 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 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $210 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 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 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.