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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) announcement that it will lower the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone to 70 ppb from 75 ppb.
“EPA’s decision to tighten the ozone NAAQS standard was misguided, and we are disappointed by their action. Air quality is continuing to improve as a result of the billions of dollars of new investment currently being made under existing program implementation. Public health is protected at 75 ppb, and the full weight of the scientific evidence does not support a further tightening of the standard.
“AF&PA will work with its members to encourage states and EPA to implement the new standard in as flexible a manner as possible under the law. We wish that EPA had allowed states to finish what they already started before heaping new and unnecessary regulations on an industry such as paper and wood products manufacturing facing global competition. We will also be considering our industry’s options to minimize the blows of continued overregulation.”
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.