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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement in response to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee directing state officials to draft new clean water rules to submit to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA).
“While we appreciate Gov. Inslee’s willingness to work with stakeholders to protect public health and ensure attainable water quality standards, we believe his original proposal met the needs of Washington state residents. Local communities know what is best for their needs; EPA’s involvement in this instance is a classic case of federal overreach.”
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Editor's Note: Press release from the Office of the Governor available here: http://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-new-path-water-quality-rule-continues-work-broader-toxics-reduction
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.