American Wood Council applauds EPA decision to stay Boiler MACT, CISWI rules, says postponement allows needed time to make appropriate improvements to the rules

WASHINGTON , May 16, 2011 (press release) – American Wood Council President Robert Glowinski today issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to stay the Boiler MACT and CISWI rules.

“We applaud EPA’s granting of the stay request of the Boiler MACT and CISWI rules. This is an important first step in moving forward in a constructive way that will allow for the needed time and due deliberation necessary to make appropriate improvements in these rules. Issues remain that will have dramatic economic impact on businesses, and most-importantly jobs. Before businesses can make any significant investments in additional boiler controls, they must have more certainty on any new standards.

“Further, given the complexity of the proposed multiple control requirements, including some that may not be achievable at the present, this stay to permit additional work on the rules will give companies better lead times for proper design and implementation. However, much effort is still needed to make these rules more achievable, and we look forward to working toward those changes with EPA during the reconsideration process.”

The American Wood Council (AWC) is the voice of North American traditional and engineered wood products, representing over 60% of the industry. From a renewable resource that absorbs and sequesters carbon, the wood products industry makes products that are essential to everyday life and employs over one-third of a million men and women in well-paying jobs. AWC's engineers, technologists, scientists, and building code experts develop state-of-the-art engineering data, technology, and standards on structural wood products for use by design professionals, building officials, and wood products manufacturers to assure the safe and efficient design and use of wood structural components. AWC also provides technical, legal, and economic information on wood design, green building, and manufacturing environmental regulations advocating for balanced government policies that sustain the wood products industry.

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