AF&PA Statement on EPA Initiation of Rulemaking on NHSM

Oct. 17, 2011 (Press Release) - American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency acknowledgement that it will initiate a rulemaking on the Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials (NHSM) rule.

"We are encouraged that the Environmental Protection Agency has decided to replace the flawed rule with a new rulemaking. We understand it will be proposed on the same timeline as the BMACT reconsideration proposal due out the end of the month. We look forward to reviewing the details when they are published.

"Legislation will ensure EPA has the time necessary to fix the Boiler MACT rules in a way that they will be affordable and achievable. The NHSM rule is only one part of the problem addressed by H.R. 2250 and S. 1392. The Boiler MACT rules are the subject of much litigation, and legislation can provide a more certain path forward to getting rules that can finally be implemented. Members from both parties in the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2250 last week. We urge the Senate to quickly pass The EPA Regulatory Relief Act to achieve final Boiler MACT rules that protects American jobs and public health."

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association