Westerman on EPA’s Biomass Designation: “A Victory for Arkansas Forests”

April 24, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Monday (April 23), the Environmental Protection Agency declared forest biomass energy as carbon neutral, effective immediately.

Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04), the only licensed forester in Congress, issued the following statement Tuesday (April 24) in response to the EPA declaration.

“The EPA’s declaration that forest biomass energy is carbon neutral confirms what we in forestry have long known,” Westerman said. “Trees are a renewable resource and properly managed forests can provide clean energy for decades to come. Simply put, this move by the EPA is a victory for Arkansas forests and the industries that rely upon our number one renewable resource. I thank Administrator Pruitt and the staff at EPA for listening to science instead of activists and recognizing the role forest biomass can contribute to American energy policy.”

In Arkansas, the state sees significantly more growth each year than the volume of trees harvested. Forest biomass energy and other markets are served by the growing number of Arkansas trees available for harvest each year.