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Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act

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On May 29, 2013, the US Environmental Protection Agency released the prepublication of its proposed rulemaking in two parts, and was subsequently published in the Federal Register June 10, 2013. At the request of CPA and their allies in FWIC, the EPA extended the public comment period for a second time to October 9 for the Formaldehyde Emissions Standards rule and to September 25 for the TPC Framework rule.


Section 1: Formaldehyde Emissions Standards (aka implementation rule)

Formaldehyde Emissions Rule Table of Contents

EPA's first proposal sets limits on how much formaldehyde may be released from hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, particleboard and finished goods containing these products that are sold, supplied, offered for sale, manufactured, or imported in the United States. EPA’s proposal also includes exemptions from some testing and record-keeping requirements for products made with no-added formaldehyde and ultra low-emitting formaldehyde resins. As required by statute, this proposal includes provisions addressing testing requirements, laminated products, product labeling, chain of custody, recordkeeping, stockpiling and enforcement.  

The full proposed rule (prepublication) can be found here: Formaldehyde Emissions Standards

The Federal Register has published the rule here: Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products

Section 2: Third-Party Certification Framework (aka TPC rule)

3rd Party Certification Rule Table of Contents

The second proposal establishes a third-party certification framework designed to ensure that manufacturers of composite wood products meet the TSCA formaldehyde emission standards by having their composite wood products certified though an accredited third-party certifier. Under this rule, third-party certifiers would audit composite wood panel producers and verify compliance with formaldehyde emissions standards for their products.  Third-party certifiers would be accredited and audited by EPA-recognized accreditation bodies, who would report to the EPA on their activities. The rule establishes eligibility requirements and responsibilities for third-party certifiers and EPA-recognized accreditation bodies.

The full proposed rule (prepublication) can be found here: Third-party Certification Framework.

The Federal Register has published the rule here: Third-Party Certification Framework for the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products

Documents & Downloads

FWIC Submission on Laminated Products to EPA - 5/8/2014

Final Federal Wood Industries Coalition Letter to EPA - 10/9/2013

Final CPA Comments to EPA - 10/8/2013

Final CPA TPC Comments to EPA - 9/24/2013

Federal Wood Industries Coalition Official Comments to EPA - 9/5/2013

Federal Wood Industries Coalition Request for Extension - 8/6/2013

Letter to EPA from Rep. Matsui (D-CA) and Rep. Nunnelee (R-MS) - 8/5/2013

California Air Resources Board Powerpoint Discussion on the EPA Rule - 8/1/2013

Extension notice: Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products - 7/23/2013

Extension notice: Third-Party Certification Framework for the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Product - 7/23/2013

Coalition Request for Public Comment Extension - 6/12/2013

Press Release: CPA Remarks on EPA’s Proposed Rules on Formaldehyde Emissions - 6/4/2013

EPA Press Release - 5/29/2013

Sierra Club Press Release - 5/29/2013

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