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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement applauding the Senate for approving as part of the energy bill language that clarifies how federal agencies should treat biomass-based energy in regulations.
“The just-passed Senate Energy bill sends a clear message to policymakers that the full benefits of using biomass for energy generation should be recognized in federal policies with a consistent approach across all federal agencies. Emissions from bioenergy should be considered carbon neutral as long as forest growth exceeds harvest and when certain manufacturing residuals are used in lieu of disposal. We applaud Sens. Collins, Klobuchar, King, Ayotte, Franken, Daines, Crapo and Risch for their steadfast leadership on this issue.”
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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue 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.