The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released today a revised draft carbon accounting framework for biogenic CO2 emissions along with a memo to EPA Air Division Directors nationwide detailing its biomass policy for the proposed Clean Power Plan and Prevention of Significant Deterioration program. NAFO President and CEO Dave Tenny released the following statement in response.

"We are pleased that EPA is acknowledging that biomass is part of our nation’s climate and energy solution. This aligns EPA with the White House and USDA in recognizing the significant long-term carbon benefits that biomass provides.

"EPA has clearly signaled an intent to recognize the carbon benefits of biomass in forthcoming rulemakings.  EPA can only accomplish this through practical approaches that work in the real world.  Simplicity is the key.

"We look forward to working with EPA to develop final policies capturing the full carbon benefits of biomass and working forests nationwide."

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