WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Wood Council (AWC) and the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) are concerned about today's proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the federal ozone standard be tightened to between 65 and 70 ppb from the current level of 75 ppb set in 2008.
"We are pleased EPA has acknowledged that retention of the current standard is a legitimate option for comment. However, AWC is very concerned with the economic impacts if the ozone standard is tightened as EPA prefers, because it may lead wood products manufacturers to cancel or delay job-creating projects," said AWC President and CEO Robert Glowinski. "The fact is that the science shows the current standard to be protective, and until it clearly shows otherwise, there is no reason to put jobs or mill improvements at risk."
"EPA's tightened 2008 standard has not been fully implemented, and after six years, EPA hasn't even issued the companion implementation guidance," said AF&PA President & CEO Donna Harman. "Before moving the goal post and creating more costly uncertainty for business investment by paper and wood products manufacturers, EPA should focus on full implementation of the 2008 standard."
EPA is required to review the standard every five years.