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Congressman Bruce Poliquin

Representing the 2nd District of Maine

Fighting For Our Mills

July 8, 2015
Press Release
House Passes Poliquin’s Amendment To Help Save Maine Jobs

WASHINGTON – Last night, Congressman Bruce Poliquin submitted an amendment to the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act to combat the EPA’s overreaching biomass rules. By a voice vote, the amendment was adopted by the House.

“I’m pleased to see that my commonsense, jobs-creating amendment was added to this funding bill,” said Congressman Poliquin. “My amendment will ensure that our paper mills, such as Sappi, will not be penalized for using green, renewable fuels to generate energy.”

In his speech on the House floor, Congressman Poliquin said, “Maine is home to the most skilled paper makers in the world. Our hard-working men and women manufacture paper products that we use every day.

“The Sappi paper mill in Skowhegan, Maine, burns biomass to make some of the finest quality paper in the world. In doing so, it directly employs 800 hard-working Mainers. Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency is attacking this renewable method to power our businesses and create jobs.

“This is not fair, and this is not right! Those 800 hard-working paper makers at the Sappi mill deserve an EPA that works for them, not against them. My amendment prohibits the EPA from reaching beyond some of the biomass emission rules already being enforced by the regional EPA offices and the state environmental authorities.”

Click HERE to watch Congressman Poliquin’s floor speech.