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AF&PA Applauds Administration Regulatory Reform Initiative

Dec 15, 2017

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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman commended the Administration for requesting comment on a key regulatory reform initiative in the Semiannual Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Action and Regulatory Plan. She issued the following statement after President Donald Trump and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Neomi Rao outlined the regulatory reform accomplishments of the Administration's first 11 months and projected further progress into fiscal year 2018: 

“The cost, complexity and volume of regulations disproportionately affects manufacturers, and we commend the Administration for its continued focus on the need for systemic regulatory reform. EPA’s pro-active step (RIN 2010-AA12) to increase the consistency, reliability and transparency of the rulemaking process will help ensure clear and unified consideration of cost impacts in implementing regulatory statutes. The measure can further maximize the net benefits to the public and help ensure federal regulations do more good than harm.  We look forward to supporting efforts to improve the regulatory process that will promote the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and job creation and enhance societal well-being.”


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 four 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 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper