2018-03-21 / Other News

Pratt among paper mill employees taking concerns to congress


Georgia-Pacific employee Eddie Pratt of Cedar Springs with Congressman Sanford Bishop and Kapstone Paper employee Mark Shipman from Charleston, S.C. Georgia-Pacific employee Eddie Pratt of Cedar Springs with Congressman Sanford Bishop and Kapstone Paper employee Mark Shipman from Charleston, S.C. Georgia-Pacific Cedar Springs electrician Eddie Pratt recently participated in congressional visits as part of the Pulp & Paperworkers’ Resource Council annual fly-in to Washington, DC. The PPRC is a grassroots organization of hourly employees in the forest products industry who educate about issues affecting American manufacturing jobs in their industry.

Pratt was among 68 PPRC members from 19 States, 11 different companies and 44 locations who made over 485 visits with members of Congress and administration officials. Their goal was to educate officials on the impacts of legislative and regulatory decisions on the environment as well as the families and communities that depend on forest products manufacturing for their livelihood.

Among the issues discussed were the carbon neutrality of biomass, cumulative regulatory burden and the balance of social, environmental and economic impacts on regulations, fish consumption and water quality standards, transportation capacity and inefficiencies, and national air quality standards. Some of the highlighted meetings included the U.S. Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air and Radiation and Office of Water, Department of Transportation, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate President Pro Tem Orrin Hatch, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

The U.S. forest products industry is vitally important to the nation’s economy, employing about 900,000 people — many in small, rural communities. It ranks among the top 10 manufacturers in 45 states and represents four percent of U.S. manufacturing GDP. “It was an honor for me to represent Georgia-Pacific workers during this event,” stated Pratt. “The PPRC is dedicated to conserving the environment while taking into account the economic stability of American manufacturing workers and the mill’s surrounding communities.”

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