EPA Responds to FLA / Allies
on Boiler MACT Issue
In the face of heavy criticism from the Forest Landowners Association, our allies, industry groups and members of Congress the Environmental Protection Agency is asking to go back to the drawing board with a set of regulations that would limit toxic air pollution from industrial boilers.
The final regulations are due next month, but EPA has asked a federal judge to push back the deadline by more than a year, so the agency can issue a new proposal and take more comments. The proposed limits on mercury and other chemicals have drawn heavy fire. FLA has written to EPA that the standards were so strict that they would force the closure of paper mills and other industrial facilities that get their power from boilers.
At the behest of FLA and our allies, more than 115 House members and 40 senators have signed letters urging EPA to make the final rules less expensive for American businesses. Among them are dozens of Democrats, many of them from states that rely on the forestry industry.
To learn more about these issues, or others affecting private forest landowners, please contact Frank Stewart or call (703) 549-0347.