American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement regarding Senate passage of the Interior-Environment, Financial Services, Transportation-HUD and Agriculture-FDA mini-omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2019.
The legislation included language clarifying Congress' intent for long-term federal regulatory policy reflecting the carbon-neutrality of forest-based biomass.
"This public policy supports U.S. paper and wood manufacturers' ability to operate on a level playing field with global competitors, which is good for the economy and job creation. Our companies have sought clear policy on biomass carbon neutrality for more than seven years. We appreciate the Senate recognizing the need to foster growth in U.S. manufacturing with its action to ensure that federal biomass policy appropriately reflects our industry's use of carbon-neutral biomass for energy production."