AF&PA President Applauds Freshman Members of Congress’ Letter to EPA on Boiler MACT Rule

Feb. 17, 2011 - American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement commenting on the bipartisan letter from 61 freshman Members of Congress to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson urging her to issue a Boiler MACT rule that benefits the environment without harming existing jobs.

“Democrat and Republican officials continue to come together to underscore to EPA that its Boiler MACT rule must be affordable to be achievable. EPA’s earlier draft of this rule would have cost billions of dollars to implement and put tens of thousands of jobs at risk. The agency has said they were making changes to better balance environmental benefits with economic impacts, and we are anxious to see whether the rule they soon release will show a fundamentally different direction than the previous rule.

“I commend these 61 freshman Members of Congress for supporting American workers by voicing their concerns about the impending Boiler MACT rule. Their leadership is an important part of the process, and emblematic of what is at stake. ”

For a pdf copy of the letter, please use the following link: Freshman House Letter.