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AF&PA: EPA Action Recognizes State of Washington’s Protective Water Quality Standards

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Press release from the issuing company

Washington, D.C. – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to approve almost all of the original water quality standards developed by the state of Washington. EPA announced the action on May 10.

“We support EPA’s approval of Washington’s stringent, but attainable standards to protect human health for all the communities in Washington,” said Harman. “States with scientifically-based records of environmental stewardship should not be subject to federal decisions that impose unachievable standards that provide no measurable human health improvement."

BACKGROUND: AF&PA has long advocated that the Obama Administration’s federal rule wrongfully over-rode Washington’s comprehensive approach to high water quality standards. In February of 2017, AF&PA joined with eight other organization in filing a joint petition with EPA, arguing that the Washington state standards provided a more attainable, yet protective approach to water quality. EPA had rejected certain of the state’s proposed standards in August of 2016. The eight primary organizations on the joint petition are: Northwest Pulp & Paper Association; American Forest & Paper Association; Association of Washington Business; Greater Spokane Incorporated; Treated Wood Council; Western Wood Preservers Institute; Utility Water Act Group; and Washington Farm Bureau.


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