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AF&PA Disappointed with EPA’s Action on Washington State Water Quality
WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of a federal Human Health Water Quality Criteria proposal for Washington state. The Clean Water Act envisions states as playing the lead role in developing their water quality standards.
“EPA has short circuited the process of developing Washington’s water quality standards by proposing to impose more restrictive federal criteria for the state. Our industry is disappointed by this federal intrusion into what is meant to be a state-based solution. Governor Inslee should have protected Washington state’s interests by sending to EPA the state’s plan, which had the support of local businesses and was protective of human health water quality criteria. It is unfortunate that Washington, D.C., will now decide what is in the best interest of Washington state’s local communities.”
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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 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 afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.