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Extension of Comment Period for Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced an extension to the comment period for two proposed rules concerning formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood. The comment period has been extended to September 9, 2013.

The proposed rules are designed to ensure that imported or domestically produced composite wood products meet the formaldehyde emission standards established by Congress in 2010. These standards are identical to those currently in place under the California Air Resources Board’s Airborne Toxic Control Measure, and the EPA states that most manufacturers are already following these standards so that they are able to sell in any U.S. state.

The EPA’s first proposal limits how much formaldehyde may be emitted from hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, particleboard and finished goods that are sold, supplied, offered for sale, manufactured or imported in the U.S. The second proposal establishes a framework under which third-party certifiers would audit composite wood panel producers and verify their products’ compliance with the formaldehyde emissions standards.

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