AWC applauds EPA’s biomass fuel expansion

Feb 06, 2018

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski has issued the following statement about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) finalizing its list of “non-waste fuels” under the Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials (NHSM) rule, which now includes borate and copper naphthenate-treated rail ties.

“Including the most common rail ties as non-waste fuels not only provides another source of renewable energy for wood products manufacturers, it diverts materials from the solid waste stream and reduces the need for landfill space while providing carbon-neutral energy that offsets fossil-fuel use. AWC is committed to the sustainable use of wood products and jointly developed an online directory,, to highlight other uses for wood products at end-of-life.

“AWC appreciates the additional clarity this listing provides for our industry’s air regulation compliance strategies and hopes rail ties will be used for energy at more of our mills.”