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EPA Proposed Rule on Formaldehyde Emissions for Composite Wood Products

Posted in on Tue, Jun 18, 2013

EPA has proposed new requirements under the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act (Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act [TSCA]).  The proposed requirements are designed to implement statutory formaldehyde emission standards for hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard sold, supplied, offered for sale, or manufactured (including imported) in the US.  As the statute directs, this proposal includes provisions relating to, among other things, laminated products, products made with no-added formaldehyde resins or ultra low-emitting formaldehyde resins, testing requirements, product labeling, chain of custody documentation and other recordkeeping requirements, enforcement, and product inventory sell-through provisions, including a product stockpiling prohibition.  The composite wood product formaldehyde emission standards contained in TSCA Title VI are identical to the emission standards currently in place in California.  This regulatory proposal implements these emissions standards and is designed to ensure compliance with the TSCA Title VI formaldehyde emission standards while aligning, where practical, with the regulatory requirements in California.  Comments are due August 9, 2013.

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