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CA DTSC Final Work Plan Removes References to Composite Wood Products & Formaldehyde

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) issued yesterday its final 2018-2020 Work Plan for the Safer Consumer Products program, which included several important changes when compared to the draft issued in February.   Notably, DTSC removed specific references to composite wood products and formaldehyde in the home furnishings and building products categories. 

The final draft also includes language in the building products category clarifying that DTSC will avoid regulatory duplication, mentioning existing regulations under the U.S. EPA and CARB.  DTSC would only consider regulating products covered by these regulatory agencies if it determined that “the listing would meaningfully enhance the protection of public health or the environment with respect to the potential adverse impacts and exposure pathways under consideration as a basis for the listing.”

The removal of the reference to composite wood products and the specific reference to avoidance of regulatory duplication are in line with CPA’s comments that were submitted in March on behalf of a coalition of 15 trade associations.  CPA will continue to monitor this program closely as DTSC begins implementation in July.  See DTSC 2018-2020 Work Plan and CPA Coalition Letter.  More Info: Jackson Morrill

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