CPA Leads Coalition Comments on CARB NAF/ULEF Proposal

CPA led a coalition of wood industry trade associations in filing comments in California on a proposal to provide funding for traditionally underserved schools to replace old desks, chairs, cabinets and other finished goods that contain composite wood products with similar new products containing no added formaldehyde (NAF) or ultra-low emitting formaldehyde (ULEF) composite wood products.  Specifically, the proposal would authorize payment covering the incremental cost of new school equipment made from NAF or ULEF composite wood panels compared to new items made from composite wood products meeting TSCA Title VI and CARB Phase 2.  Schools would be reimbursed 90% of the incremental cost for ULEF products and 100% of the differential for NAF.  

The coalition comments, submitted May 20, made clear that the proposal would not achieve any meaningful reduction in formaldehyde emissions or ambient levels in the schools.  School districts would be encouraged to discard perfectly safe and useable items – creating unnecessary waste streams - in the hope of minor, but almost certainly illusory, reductions.  If schools truly had outdated equipment that required replacement, then the letter contended that chairs, tables, desks and cabinets made with CARB ATCM/TSCA Title VI-compliant composite wood panels would be the best choice, no matter the resin used.  See CWIC Coalition Letter.  More Info: Jackson Morrill


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