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EPA to Propose Classifying Wood-Based Power as Carbon Neutral

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler told lawmakers April 2 that the Agency aims this summer to issue proposed regulation that endorses the policy position that energy produced from burning forest biomass is carbon neutral.  The proposal would address a request from Congress in several past spending bills that the EPA work with the U.S. Energy Department and the Forest Service on policies that reflect the carbon neutrality of forest biomass energy.  It is also in line with EPA’s position issued a year ago indicating that the Agency’s policy “in forthcoming regulatory actions will be to treat biogenic CO2 emissions resulting from the combustion of biomass from managed forests at stationary sources for energy production as carbon neutral.”   CPA is meeting with EPA officials next week to better understand EPA’s plans and to reinforce the association’s main policy positions on this important issue.  See EPA Policy Position and Biomass Magazine.  More Info: Jackson Morrill

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