FOREST PRODUCTS WORKERS VISIT CAPITOL HILL TO DISCUSS POLICIES AFFECTING MANUFACTURING JOBS AND THE ENVIRONMENT WHILE COMMEMORATING THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PULP AND PAPER RESOURCE COUNCIL

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — More than 70 U.S. workers employed in the U.S. forest products industry have descended washington d.c., this week and conducted about 365 visits with members of Congress. Their objective: to make elected officials aware of the impact of legislative and regulatory decisions on the environment, as well as families and communities who depend on the production of forest products for their livelihood.

The Pulp and Paperworkers’ Resource Council (PPRC) is a grassroots organization run by hourly employees who advocate for the US forest products industry. We support policies that encourage economic growth, an abundant and sustainable fiber supply, and sound science-based environmental policies. (PRNewsfoto/PPRC)

The Pulp & Paperworkers’ Resource Council (PPRC) worker group, a grassroots organization of hourly workers in the forest products industry, is passionate about educating members of Congress and administrative officials in the ‘U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Management and Budget, and other government agencies on issues affecting U.S. manufacturing jobs in their industry. They represented 50 factories in 21 states.

“Our 30e Anniversary Fly-in provides the PPRC with a wonderful opportunity to meet with congressional and administration leaders on environmental issues impacting our industry – especially on topics such as biomass carbon neutrality, paper recycling and forest management,” said PPRC President David Wise. “The importance of clear and sensible regulatory legislation and policy cannot be underestimated, as this foundation is essential to support the continued growth of manufacturing jobs in rural and urban communities and ensure a playing field competitive for the U.S. forest products industry in the global marketplace.”

The PPRC specifically discussed several issues with members of Congress, including:

  • Improving the Health of Federal Forests – The PPRC supports measures to better manage our forests to increase resilience and growth in the face of fires, hurricanes, diseases, insects and natural disasters. The PPRC would support legislation to help fund fire suppression, forest inventory and sustainable forest management.

  • Reform of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) – The protection of truly endangered species is in the public interest. The impact on people, property and jobs must be assessed when developing regulations. The ESA should be modernized and updated with Congressional oversight of the social and economic costs of an ESA listing. Any list must be based on objective, verifiable science with flexibility giving states and local governments a greater role in ESA decisions.

  • Paper recycling is an environmental success story – Highly recycled paper products should not be included in federal Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation. The recycling rate for paper in the United States was 68% in 2021. The recycling rate for old corrugated packaging (OCC) was 91.4%. According to the EPA, by weight, more paper is recovered for recycling from municipal solid waste streams than metals, plastics and glass combined.

  • Improving Sustainable Manufacturing in the United States and Addressing the Regulatory Burden – The PPRC recommends that the EPA consider the cumulative impact of future regulations with the goal of achieving sustainable regulations that meet economic and environmental needs and social expectations. This will allow the US forest products industry to continue to be an American success story. Upcoming regulations cover air emissions, beneficial use of mill residues, water effluents, carbon and greenhouse gases, among others.

PPRC members also thanked members of Congress who joined the Paper and Packaging Caucus, and members who attended the Caucus Congress reception on June 21st.

The PPRC is a grassroots labor organization run by hourly workers who defend the US forest products industry. We support policies that encourage economic growth, an abundant and sustainable fiber supply, and sound science-based environmental policies. The US forest products industry is vitally important to our nation’s economy, employing approximately 950,000 people. We rank among the top 10 manufacturers in 45 states and represent 4% of total US manufacturing GDP. We are people dedicated to environmental conservation while considering the economic stability of the workforce and the surrounding community.

PULP AND PAPER RESOURCE COUNCIL

Representing members of: USW, IAM, IBEW, IBT, UBC, fire and oil tankers and forest products industry workers. For more information and to view the 2022 PPRC position papers, please visit www.thepprc.org.

Forest Products Workers Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Pulp and Paper Workers Resource Council

Forest Products Workers Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Pulp and Paper Workers Resource Council

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