05 Nov '11, 6am

Cooper-Blackburn bill seeks exemptions for illegal wood imports via @mongabay

Cooper-Blackburn bill seeks exemptions for illegal wood imports via @mongabay

Import Declaration. H.R. 3210 would remove the requirement for manufacturers and retailers of all non-­solid wood products to know what kind of wood they are trading. Knowing the type and source of wood is essential to ensuring legality, one of the centerpieces of the Lacey Act. Among the multitude of products this would exempt, this measure would explicitly exclude pulp and paper from any future requirement to document its wood source. Pulp, paper, paperboard, and the products made from them are by far the largest segment of imports covered by the Lacey Act amendments. They may in fact constitute a majority of such imports. Excluding pulp and paper alone risks killing good paying manufacturing jobs in an industry that employs almost 400,000 people in forty—two states with a combined $30 billion in annual compensation. The agencies of jurisdiction have already decided to i...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1105-cooper-blackburn.html

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