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AF&PA: EPA’s Final Listing of Renewable, Alternative Fuels “Welcome News”

Feb 06, 2018

AF&PA: Chuck Fuqua / Barbara Riley
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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for finalizing its list of renewable, alternative fuels to include railroad ties treated with newer preservatives. She issued the following statement:

“EPA’s decision to include railroad ties treated with newer preservatives on its updated list of approved non-waste boiler fuels is welcome news that recognizes market trends and creates new opportunities for renewable energy production. Burning recycled railroad ties provides a dry fuel that improves combustion, extracts useful energy and diverts materials from landfills. With this rule, mills can burn a fuller range of rail-tie derived fuel with greater confidence. As we look ahead, we hope the EPA continues to expand the number of facilities that can use these fuels.”


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