WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President & CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) issuance of an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), on balancing the benefits and costs of regulatory proposals. The ANPRM requests public comment on how EPA can consider benefits and costs, with greater consistency, transparency and reliability, when interpreting and implementing its regulatory statutes to develop beneficial regulations.
“There has been strong bipartisan consensus among all presidents for the last 37 years that benefit-cost balancing should play a central role in the question of whether and how to regulate. Despite broad agreement, there has been little progress.
“We support EPA’s efforts toward meaningful regulatory reform. Today’s announcement is an important first step in allowing industries, including American wood products manufacturers, to innovate, create jobs, and compete here and around the world. When we can work together to advance common sense policies and regulations, we liberate our creative potential and increase economic growth and job opportunities, while ensuring environmental stewardship.”