[NEWS] Omnibus Bill Policy Rider Deems Forest Bioenergy Carbon Neutral
– by Anna Simet, May 2, 2017, Biomass Magazine
The $1 trillion Omnibus spending bill up for consideration by the House and Senate this week includes a policy rider that calls for federal recognition of forest bioenergy carbon neutrality.
The House Appropriations Committee released the fiscal year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill early Monday, 1,665-pages of legislation that will provide discretionary funding for the federal government for the current fiscal year.
In order to support the key role that forests in the U.S. can play in addressing the energy needs of the country, the policy rider regarding biomass, Section 428, directs the secretaries of energy and agriculture and the U.S. EPA administrator to jointly ensure that federal policy relating to forest bioenergy is consistent across all federal departments and agencies, and recognizes the full benefits of the use of forest biomass for energy, conservation, and responsible forest management.