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NFPA APPLAUDS EPA LETTER ON RCRA BILL

 NFPA APPLAUDS EPA LETTER ON RCRA BILL
 WASHINGTON, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Food Processors


Association (NFPA) applauded a letter by the Environmental Protection Agency that called provisions of the RCRA bill now before Congress unnecessarily costly and inefficient.
 "The EPA has correctly noted that the RCRA legislation would be burdensome, expensive, and would have little real impact on reducing solid waste," said NFPA President John R. Cady. "It would be unwise for Congress to pass this bill."
 In a letter to Rep. Norman Lent (R-N.Y.), ranking minority member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, EPA Assistant Administrator Don R. Clay commented on proposed legislation for reauthorizing the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Clay said that many of the bill's approaches "are unnecessarily costly and are not the most efficient, workable means to achieve our national waste management goals."
 Clay called the bill's requirements for paper and packaging recycling "the provisions having the greatest potential costs." He noted that EPA shares Congress's concern about the cost impact of the RCRA legislation on the national economy and the bill's effect on international competitiveness.
 Clay stated that potential cost to consumers of the RCRA legislation could range up to $30 billion a year. "These costs are generated by the bill's requirements that an area of solid waste management that presents relatively low environmental risks be addressed notwithstanding the small amount of risk reduction that will be achieved," he said.
 "The administration believes that investments in the environment should target only significant risks to human health and the environment," Clay noted. "We need to address the worst environmental risks first."
 NFPA has been active in bringing many of these same concerns to the attention of Congress, Cady stated. "We are gratified that EPA has voiced its concerns with this problematic legislation," he said.
 NFPA is the scientific voice of the food industry. The association's 500 member companies produce the nation's processed- packaged fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, juices and drinks, and specialty products.
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