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CARB Settles 2nd Formaldehyde Emissions Case for Imported Wood Flooring

CARB recently announced that it has settled a formaldehyde emissions case with AAA Flooring & Building Supplies, Inc. (AAA) for $27,750.  According to the settlement agreement, CARB concluded that, between December 2013 and July 2014, AAA imported, distributed and offered for sale in California flooring products that exceeded CARB’s 0.11 ppm formaldehyde limits for MDF.  CARB also determined that AAA failed to take “reasonable prudent precautions” to ensure that the flooring complied with the CARB regulation. 

This settlement marks the second time that CARB has taken an enforcement action under its formaldehyde regulation, with both targeting imported composite wood flooring.  In fact, it was a little over one year ago that CARB finalized its settlement agreement in the high profile Lumber Liquidator’s case for $2.5 million.  In this case, CARB indicated in the settlement agreement that it had decided to reduce the overall fine from a maximum of $10,000/day to $750/day because it was AAA’s first violation and the company had made “diligent efforts to comply and cooperate with the investigation.”  See CARB Settlement Agreement    

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