American Wood Council 'pleased' with EPA's decision to reconsider Boiler MACT rules, says it will carefully review proposal to understand full impact on wood products industry

WASHINGTON , December 2, 2011 (press release) – American Wood Council President Robert Glowinski today issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of their most recent proposed Boiler MACT, Incinerator (CISWI), and Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials (NHSM) rules.

“We are pleased that the EPA recognized the need to reconsider the Boiler MACT, CISWI, and NHSM rules it was forced by the courts to finalize in March, and we are carefully reviewing the proposal to understand its full impact on the wood products industry.

“If implemented, the previous rules would have put at risk thousands of American manufacturing jobs and cost the wood products industry alone approximately $3 billion in compliance costs.

“While we are hopeful that this new set of rules will be more reasonable, we will continue to support Senate passage of legislation that will provide assurance to businesses as they move forward with implementation of the rules.

“AWC is gathering data that we hope will help EPA write new rules that take into consideration the variability that exists under real-world operating conditions for industrial boilers. We remain committed to working with EPA to get the Boiler MACT rules right so that they impose the least burden on employers while protecting public health and the environment.”

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