The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has issued a statement in response to the US Department of Agriculture’s release for public comment of its draft regulations foe the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP).

“Now that the long-awaited BCAP rule has finally been released for public review, AF&PA will be analysing it closely in the coming days to prepare and file detailed comments.

“The forest products industry is proud of its record as a leading renewable energy producer and we support initiatives that encourage the development of additional renewable energy.

“We caution, however, that such efforts must take care to avoid the unintended consequences of displacing existing renewable energy production in industries like forest products that provide high-paying manufacturing jobs in rural communities.”