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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalizing its Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials (NHSM) rule, which expands the list of materials recognized as “non-waste fuels” to include paper recycling residuals, processed construction and demolition wood and creosote-treated railroad ties.
“We’re pleased that EPA has finalized this long-awaited NHSM rule, which lists three important fuels for our industry. The rule provides assurance that most of these materials can be used for their energy value in industrial boilers instead of being incinerated or landfilled. However, we are disappointed that the rule may discourage capturing energy value from some paper recycling residuals. We encourage EPA to act quickly on listing more types of railroad ties. About two-thirds of our energy needs are already met through carbon neutral biomass; classifying these materials as eligible fuels avoids wasting these energy-rich materials and further decreases our reliance on fossil fuels.”
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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 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.