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EPA Issues Final Rule to Protect the Public from Certain Wood Products

August 2016

Environmental_Protection_Agency_logoThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has moved to reduce exposure to formaldehyde vapors from certain wood products produced domestically or imported into the United States.  The agency worked with the California Air Resources Board to help ensure the final national rule is consistent with California requirements for composite wood products.  The EPA is also setting testing requirements to ensure that products comply with the standards set forth and to confirm eligibility requirements for third party certifiers.  The new rule includes certain exemptions for products made with ultra-low formaldehyde or no-added formaldehyde resins.  

From the EPA: 

“We are carrying out important measures laid out by Congress to protect the public from harmful exposure of this widely used chemical found in homes and workplaces”, said Jim Jones, EPA’s assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “We have worked with the state of California as a partner to help ensure consistency in our requirements. The new rule will level the playing field for domestic manufacturers who have a high rate of compliance with the California standard and will ensure that imported products not subject to California’s requirements will meet the new standard and thus, not contain dangerous formaldehyde vapors.” 

 

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