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Washington State Water Quality Comparable Risks

People are exposed to risks in many ways every day and some are more likely than others, and there are many regulatory programs to address those risks. The comparable risk chart helps explain how EPA's new risk policy for Washington state's water quality is more strict than several other programs.

Modernize Air Permitting To Enable Manufacturing

This chart helps identify ways EPA could make improvements to the air permitting process and implementation tools.

AF&PA Calls for Veto of Maryland Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) Legislation

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement in opposition to the Maryland General Assembly's efforts to alter the state's definition of qualifying biomass in the renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS).

AF&PA Commends EPA on Finalizing New Source Review Project Emissions Accounting Rule

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) New Source Review (NSR) project emissions accounting (PEA) rule, which was finalized today. 

Biomass, Recycling, Regulatory Reform, Transportation Infrastructure Top AF&PA 2020 Advocacy Priorities

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) Board of Directors today announced advocacy priorities the association will pursue to ensure the pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products industry’s continued growth and ability to create American manufacturing…

AF&PA Commends EPA Action to Balance Benefits and Costs

WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) memorandum outlining plans to implement robust benefit-cost analysis across the agency’s rulemaking process…

The Paradigm Shift in the Cost-Benefit State: Requiring More Good Than Harm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took an historic step to advance the “cost-benefit state,” the paradigm in which “government regulation is increasingly assessed by asking whether the benefits of regulation justify the costs of regulation.”[1] EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler…

Recycling, Transportation Infrastructure, Trade, Tax, Regulatory Process Reform Top AF&PA 2019 Advocacy Priority List

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced that a more resilient paper recycling system, transportation infrastructure, international trade, tax policy, and regulatory reforms and process improvements top its 2019 advocacy priority list. The association…

Smarter Regulation: Doing More Good Than Harm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just taken a groundbreaking step to advance the eminently reasonable principle required by every president for over 37 years: In developing regulations, regulators should consider important tradeoffs and select regulatory options that do more good…

Shining the Light on Regulatory Dark Matter: Due Process and Management for Agency Guidance Documents

While agency development and use of guidance documents can be a mind-numbing subject, it is very important. Guidance – the full spectrum of agency policy statements and interpretive rules, including agency memoranda, circulars, bulletins, frequently- asked questions and so forth – is a vast but…

Shining the Light on Regulatory Dark Matter: Due Process and Management for Agency Guidance Documents

While agency development and use of guidance documents can be a mind-numbing subject, it is very important. Guidance – the full spectrum of agency policy statements and interpretive rules, including agency memoranda, circulars, bulletins, frequently- asked questions and so forth – is a vast but…

Bringing Accountability to Regulation: Doing More Good than Harm

 If reasonable minds can agree that the goal of regulation is to enhance, not undermine, societal well-being, then the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), S. 951, can bring the most important statutory change to the regulatory process since the enactment of the Administrative Procedure Act…