The Environmental Protection Agency extends comment periods for proposed rules: Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products for 30 days, and Third Party Certification Framework for the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products fo

The Environmental Protection Agency extends comment periods for proposed rules: Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products for 30 days, and Third Party Certification Framework for the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products for 30 days.  Public comments are now due October 9, 2013 and September 25, 2013, respectively. 

On June 10, 2013, EPA issued proposed rules in the Federal Register concerning formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood products.  Today’s Federal Register notices extend the comment periods from September 9, 2013  to October 9, 2013 for the Formaldehyde Emissions standards for Composite Wood Products proposed rule, and from August 26th, 2013 to September 25, 2013 for the Third-Party Certification Framework for the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products proposed rule.  EPA had received numerous requests for an extension.

The proposed rule 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.  In the Third-Party Standards rule EPA is proposing a framework for a TSCA Title VI Third-Party Certification Program for composite wood products.