WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President & CEO Jackson Morrill issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule for New Source Review (NSR) project emission accounting.
“This final rule will consider both emissions reductions and additions at the same time in the permitting process, which is a common-sense adjustment to NSR emissions accounting. That is a win for both business and the environment. AWC is encouraged that NSR will focus on truly significant projects by reducing regulatory hurdles for mills.
“Under the former process, one of our wood products facilities proposed changes that would reduce energy consumption as well as comply with Boiler MACT requirements. Because of the arcane and unnecessary permitting steps, the project was delayed approximately five months, which resulted in an unnecessary continuation of emissions over that time period. This rule will help prevent such delays and avoid unwarranted costs.”