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WASHINGTON –American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement supporting introduction of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization by Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla). The bill would authorize the STB through FY 2019, along with other improvements such as expansion of voluntary arbitration procedures; expansion of STB authority to initiate investigations; and requirement of STB to study more efficient and simplified rate review methodologies, among others.
“We applaud Sens. Thune and Nelson for their leadership in introducing a reauthorization of the STB. Transportation of raw materials and products is an important issue for U.S. paper and wood product manufacturers, and AF&PA supports reform of the STB to address issues facing rail service. Our members need reliable transportation service at reasonable rates, and the reauthorization plan put forth by Sens. Thune and Nelson is a positive step forward.”
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 over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 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.