U.S. Lacey Act
As part of its dedication to principles of responsible manufacturing, Western Pulp Products has incorporated U.S. Lacey Act compliance efforts into the sourcing and sale of all of its products and product lines. The U.S. Lacey Act is a conservation law first passed in 1900. It has been amended by Congress several times, most recently in 2008. The 2008 U.S. Lacey Act amendments were aimed at preventing plant and wood products that have been illegally taken or harvested anywhere in the world from entering the commerce stream in the United States.
The 2008 amendments to the U.S. Lacey Act require all importers of plant and wood products to file declarations with the Department of Agriculture designating the nature and source of the imported product. Because Western Pulp Products does not directly import any plant or wood products into the United States, Western Pulp Products is not subject to the U.S. Lacey Act’s declaration requirements.
The 2008 amendments also prohibit the import, export, transport, sale, receipt, acquisition or purchase of any plant or wood product taken or harvested in violation of any domestic or foreign law. Civil and criminal penalties apply to violations of the U.S. Lacey Act done “knowingly,” and to violations that could have been prevented in the exercise of “due care.”
Although Western Pulp’s product line is made from pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled waste paper, Western Pulp is committed to meeting the U.S. Lacey Act’s objectives of preventing illegally sourced wood products from being trafficked in the United States. Western Pulp has not and will not knowingly transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase any wood product that has been illegally taken or harvested. Additionally, Western Pulp has implemented a U.S. Lacey Act “Due Care Program” to continually monitor its fiber supply in an effort to identify and sequester any wood products that fall under the prohibitions of the U.S. Lacey Act.
For more information about Western Pulp’s U.S. Lacey Act compliance efforts, contact our Corporate Office in Corvallis, Oregon.