News & Issues

A “RISI Viewpoint” column dated June 28, signed by International Woodfiber Report Editor Chris Lyddan, asserts that the rapidly growing demand for pellet-mill pulpwood in the South is not only...

On June 14, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to adopt an amendment to the 2013 Labor/Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill that would block the Department of Labor from spending funds to enforce its new H-2B Program Rule or H-2B Wage Rule through September 30, 2013.

On June 19, the environmental consultancy Dovetail Partners announced that it had assumed responsibility for the programs of the Temperate Forest Foundation, which shut down in 2010, and has relaunched TFF’s www.forestinfo.org web site, “your source for...

In what appeared to be a ham-fisted attempt to generate some viral buzz for its line of electronic document display systems, Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.—perhaps better known for its line of photocopiers—proposed October 23, 2012 as “National No-Print Day,”

A House-Senate conference committee convened in early May to negotiate Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill and—to judge from statements from Senate Environment & Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer

On May 16, the U.S. Department of Labor published its official “guidance” on the H-2B guestworker program rule, affirming that—pending further action

On May 23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a Notice of Intended Rulemaking to revise its current stormwater regulations “to specify that an NPDES permit is not required for stormwater discharges from logging roads” and setting forth the defining point that “logging roads are not stormwater discharges ‘associated with industrial activity.’”

On April 26, Judge M. Casey Rodgers, of the Northern District Court of Florida, issued a preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing its new H-2B Program Rule. This Rule, which governs employers’ treatment of foreign guestworkers regulated under the H-2B visa program, would have imposed new costs, minimum work guarantees, multiple itineraries, and worker housing inspection requirements to the extent of making the program unworkable for many industries, including reforestation.

We’ve been directed to a web resource that Sappi Fine Paper North America recently launched, branded as “eQ,” which provides, apparently on a quarterly basis, downloadable publications on various sustainability topics, designed with high production values.

RISI’s April International Woodfiber Report observes that the abundance of natural gas, and falling prices, has prompted many U.S. pulp and paper mills to launch processes to switch “to higher gas consumption, displacing substantial volumes of traditional in-woods biomass.” RISI quotes the phrase “permanent for the foreseeable future” with respect to this switchover and points out that it “could crush the largest existing biomass market in North America.”

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