Amendment to Executive Order 12873

E.O. 12995
March 1996
61 Fed. Reg. 13645 (March 28, 1996)

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to assist paper mills in their procurement of recovered materials to use as raw materials, it is hereby ordered that Executive Order No. 12873 is amended as follows:

Section 1. Section 504(a) of Executive Order No. 12873 shall read:

"(a) For high speed copier paper, offset paper, forms bond, computer printout paper, carbonless paper, file folders, white woven envelopes and for other uncoated printing and writing paper, such as writing and office paper, book paper, cotton fiber paper, and cover stock, the minimum content standard shall be no less than 20 percent postconsumer materials beginning December 31, 1994. This minimum content standard shall be increased to 30 percent beginning on December 31, 1998."

Sec. 2. Section 504(b) of Executive Order No. 12873 shall be deleted and section 504(c) of that order shall be redesignated as section 504(b) and shall read:

"(b) As an alternative to meeting the standards in section 504(a), for all printing and writing papers, the minimum content standard shall be no less than 50 percent recovered materials that are a waste material byproduct of a finished product other than a paper or textile product which would otherwise be disposed of in a landfill, as determined by the State in which the facility is located."

Sec. 3. The last sentence of section 301(a) of Executive Order No. 12873 shall read:

"In carrying out his or her functions, the Federal Environmental Executive shall consult with the Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality."

William J. Clinton
The White House,
March 25, 1996.