With a new wave of regulations under development by EPA, wood products companies face the potential for more than $3 billion in new regulatory costs in coming years. EPA is in the process of tightening its MACT standards for boilers as well as determining which materials are allowed to be burned in boilers and which materials if burned make the combustion unit an “incinerator.” These rules could affect the viability of some mills. EPA also is contemplating a complete overhaul of the Wood MACT (Plywood and Composite Wood Panels), brought on by a 2007 court decision tossing out parts of EPA’s 2004 rules. Recognized by EPA as the industry’s voice, AWC’s Environmental Regulation Program can credibly provide the Agency with data and policy recommendations that ensure the wood products industry’s interests are understood and respected and if necessary, represent their interests in court. The industry’s unified engagement in the Environmental Regulation Program has been the key to its success over the past decade.
Defending Against $3 Billion in New Regulatory Costs
Over the past decade the American Wood Council has been very effective in shaping regulatory policies in the wood products industry
By closely engaging with key agency staff, possessing a thorough knowledge of the rule making process, and by constructively and openly sharing information about manufacturing processes, the industry has developed significant credibility with agency policy makers. In addition, AWC’s strong relationships on the Hill provide leverage and oversight of EPA to ensure more balanced policies.
This has led to:
The U.S. EPA is currently developing new regulations for wood products companies that could cost as much as $4 billion to implement. EPA’s actions are in response to the court decision overturning the 2004 Wood and Boiler MACT rules and are expected to also include:
EPA is looking to the industry for leadership in developing a unified industry strategy for these environmental issues. That unity will be essential to our success and to help prevent environmental opponents from exploiting differences within the industry to weaken our advocacy and see the most stringent possible regulations imposed.
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