In an effort to once-and-for-all define forest roads as non-point sources of pollution, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) introduced the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act in their respective Houses late last week. The Act would add legal precedence to a recent Supreme Court decision and long-standing EPA policy that stormwater discharge permits are not required for forest roads.
International Forest Products Limited, also known as Interfor, has acquired four sawmills in Georgia as part of what President and CEO Duncan Davies called, “our strategy of adding capacity in attractive regional markets.”
Agriculture committees in both the Senate and the House marked up respective versions of the 2013 Farm Bill this week. The $955 billion Senate bill is estimated to save $23 billion through program cuts and consolidations, while the House version - ringing in at $940 billion - saves nearly $40 billion. Provisions for most bioenergy programs remain in each bill.
In the most recent attempt to convince the public that burning wood biomass is somehow bad for the environment, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) have yet again failed to see the forest for the trees. In a letter submitted to The Times last week, the three NGOs, along with a dozen organizations representing forest products industries, suggested using wood biomass to generate electricity harms the both environment and the economy.
Rentech, the California-based renewable energy company, purchased Fulghum Fibres, one of the leading wood chipping enterprises in the United States, for $112 million. The company plans to leverage Fulghum’s cash flow and profitability to launch a wood pellet business.