Mixed reactions as EPA declares
biomass energy carbon neutral
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that future regu-latory actions on biomass from managed forests
will be treated as carbon neutral when burned for
In a memo, the EPA confirmed that biomass from
managed forests can provide many environmental,
energy and economic benefits. The memo states
that biomass use for energy can bolster domestic
energy production, provide jobs to rural communities, and promote environmental stewardship by
improving soil and water quality, reducing wildfire
risk, and helping to ensure forests continue to remove carbon from the atmosphere.
“Today’s announcement grants America’s forest-
ers much-needed certainty and clarity with respect
to the carbon neutrality of forest biomass,” said
Pruitt. “Managed forests improve air and water
quality, while creating valuable jobs and thousands
of products that improve our daily lives. This is envi-
ronmental stewardship in action.”
The announcement saw mixed reactions from
scientists and wood product industry professionals.
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