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AF&PA Applauds EPA Proposal to Balance Benefits and Costs of Air Quality Regulations

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WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of a proposed rulemaking (EPA-HQ-OAR-2020-00044) on how EPA considers benefits and costs in designing regulations under the Clean Air Act. The proposal requests public comment on how EPA can be more consistent and transparent in considering the best available scientific and technical information on societal benefits and costs when crafting its air quality regulations. EPA is requesting public comment for 45 days from the publication of the proposed rule.

“For over 39 years, every president has directed important regulatory agencies such as EPA to carefully consider the best available information in designing regulations and to ensure that the benefits of those regulations justify the costs. We applaud this important EPA initiative to advance this longstanding, bipartisan principle when developing regulations to protect air quality. Common-sense regulatory policy that ensures regulations do more good than harm will protect the environment, strengthen regulatory certainty and economic recovery and create opportunities for all Americans, now and in the future. We look forward to working together with the administration and stakeholders to achieve these shared goals.”

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recyclable resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative —Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5% of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $350 billion in products annually and employs about 925,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of about $65 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 43 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper