New U.S. legislation on Boiler MACT rules will allow EPA time to make necessary improvements, says AWC; wood products group supports efforts to pass legislation, protect jobs, the environment

WASHINGTON , June 22, 2011 (press release) – American Wood Council President Robert Glowinski today issued the following statement on legislation introduced in the U.S House of Representatives to provide for achievable Boiler MACT rules.

“The legislation introduced today will allow EPA to have the time they need to make necessary improvements in the Boiler MACT rules. EPA earlier signaled that they were not satisfied with the rule as published, and our industry continues to have issues with aspects of the rules. I applaud Congressmen Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), as well as Representatives John Barrow (D-GA), Jim Matheson (D-UT), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Pete Olson (R-TX), Mike Ross (D-AR), and Steve Scalise (R-LA) for their leadership on this very important issue.

“We have and will continue to work with EPA, while also supporting efforts to pass this legislation to enable sound, reasonable Boiler MACT rules that protect jobs, many of which are in rural communities, and the environment.”

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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