On June 10, 2013, EPA published two proposed rules on formaldehyde in composite wood products: Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products and Third-Party Certification Framework for the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products. In the Emissions Standards rule, EPA is proposing new requirements under the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, of Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The proposed requirements will implement the statutory formaldehyde emission standards for hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard sold, supplied, offered for sale, or manufactured (including imported) in the United States. Amongst other provisions, EPA is also including provisions related to laminated products, products made with no added formaldehyde or ultralow-emitting formaldehyde resins, testing, requirements, labeling, and recordkeeping.
In the Third-Party Standards rule EPA is proposing a framework for a TSCA Title VI Third-Party Certification Program for composite wood products. The proposed rule identifies the roles and responsibilities of the third party certifiers and the accreditation bodies involved, as well as the criteria for participation in the TSCA Title VI Third-Party Certification Program.
Public comments are due August 9, 2013.
- Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products Federal Register Notice
- Formaldehyde; Third-Party Certification Framework for the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Federal Register Notice
- Regulations.gov, the Federal government’s one stop site to comment on Federal regulations
- Advocacy contact: Sarah Bresolin at 202-205-6533