EPA Formaldehyde Rules: TSCA Title VI
Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act
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)
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)
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