WASHINGTON – On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its proposed regulations for the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, in which the statute sets formaldehyde emission limits for hardwood plywood, particle board, and medium density fiberboard.
The legislation – which was passed in 2010 – is supported by the American Wood Council (AWC), the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), and other wood products associations.
"We supported the legislation as consistent with good product stewardship, extending nationwide California's existing rule, and we support reasonable standards that are consistent with our industry's commitment to the safety of our products and the original intent of the legislation," said AWC President and CEO Robert Glowinski. "We look forward to commenting on the proposal to ensure that the rules implement the full intent of the legislation."
"American consumers should feel confident that products covered by the proposed regulations and made by North American manufacturers are low in formaldehyde emissions and are already certified as having met the requirements of this proposed EPA rule," added AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. "North American wood products manufacturers have worked hard to meet these rigorous standards and support their nationwide application."
To the extent the proposed rules implement the State of California's existing performance-based standard, the regulations would create a single nationwide standard and allow those manufacturers that are already complying to not be placed at a competitive disadvantage.