- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine’s Sen. Angus King is among a group of senators who say the federal government’s rules about the use of sustainable wood in some U.S. buildings need to be tweaked.

King, an Independent, and 10 other senators, sent a letter to federal energy secretary Ernest Moniz expressing concern about a policy they say excludes the use of some sustainable wood.

The senators say the federal Department of Energy’s position of accepting only wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council leaves out more than 82 million acres of U.S. forestland. They say other certification regimes are used in Maine and elsewhere in the country.

The senators say other branches of the federal government recognize the different forest certification regimes and the energy department should do the same.

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