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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 16:20

PPRC Hits the Hill for Annual Fly-In

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The Pulp & Paperworkers’ Resource Council has launched its annual Fly-In to Capitol Hill, to talk to members of Congress and the Administration about policies that promote the success of the mills that keep them employed. This year, over 82 hourly forest products mill workers have come to town to work the Hill, February 11-13.

FRA’s work on truck weight reform, along the lines of the Safe & Efficient Transportation Act (or SETA, HR 612), progresses in alignment with two other processes:
On December 19, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) introduced the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2013 (S 1875), intended to minimize the distortions introduced into federal land management agency budgets due to the need for internal emergency allocations for wildfire suppression during disastrous fire seasons. The bill responds to the reality that wildfire suppression costs cannot realistically be budgeted within normal land management budgets.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® is seeking comments on its draft SFI 2015-2019 Standard, during the Standard development process’s second 60-day comment period, to conclude March 6. The draft Standard includes new performance measures to conserve biodiversity in fiber sourcing; to limit conversion from one type of forest to another; and to expand the definition of “controversial sources” excluded in SFI-labeled products.
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