WASHINGTON – American Wood Council President Robert Glowinski issued the following statement today regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) release of its final Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT), Incinerator, and Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials (NHSM) rules.
"We will need time to understand the details of these complicated rules, but it appears that some of our concerns have been addressed. Nonetheless, these are costly regulations that require significant investment for our industry while the housing market that we serve is still only inching toward recovery.
"It seems that the emissions limits may be achievable and that the EPA understands our need for the certainty that comes with the proper listing of biomass residuals – particularly resinated wood and processed construction and demolition wood – as fuels under the NHSM rule.
"However, considering the complexity of the rules and the availability of capital, facilities still need the additional certainty that comes with more up-front compliance time, and the language in the preamble urging states to give an extra year is helpful.
"We appreciate the work EPA has done to better understand and address our concerns in the final Boiler MACT rules, and we thank members of Congress and governors for their work to bring attention to these important issues."