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AF&PA Welcomes Modernized EPA Guidance on Ambient Air Policy

Donna Harman "Paper and wood products manufacturers welcome EPA's recognition that times and technology have changed by taking action to modernize ambient air policy." – Donna Harman, President and CEO, AF&PA.

Nov. 12, 2018 - American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman on Nov. 9 issued the following statement regarding Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance to modernize ambient air policy under the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) program. EPA released a draft memo with the updated guidelines for receptor placement today (11/9/18).

“Applying decades-old ambient air policy under the NAAQS implementation program, represents an unrealistic 'once-size-fits-all' modeling approach. Paper and wood products manufacturers welcome EPA's recognition that times and technology have changed by taking action to modernize ambient air policy.

“By clarifying where the public is truly exposed, EPA eliminates many hypothetical modeling scenarios that can bog down projects unnecessarily. For example, assessments have been done for areas inside property boundaries where the public does not have legal access. Using receptor locations where the general public has legitimate and realistic access makes scientific and common sense. This action takes a long-overdue first step toward ensuring real-world air quality modeling is used to determine any air quality impacts from a project.”

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 approximately $300 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

SOURCE: AF&PA