AF&PA: Boiler MACT Reconsideration Addresses Most Industry Concerns

Donna Harman, President and CEO, AF&PA.

Oct. 30, 2015 - American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) reconsideration of the 2013 Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule.

“With the compliance deadline of January 2016 looming, we're pleased that the final Boiler MACT reconsideration rule has been completed and addresses many of the issues we asked EPA to reconsider, particularly around how to safely and quickly start-up and shutdown our boilers while preventing damage to control equipment.

"From the beginning, we've asked EPA to ensure an achievable and affordable rule. The agency has been responsive to many of our implementation concerns as evidenced in this latest rule. However, policy makers must not lose sight of the fact that this rule is only one of a dozen or more potentially affecting our industry to the tune of $10 billion over the next decade. We will continue to press for regulatory and permitting reforms so that American paper and wood products manufacturers can operate competitively in the global marketplace while providing adequate environmental protections.”

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, 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 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $200 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)