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EPA amends formaldehyde standards for composite wood products

Final rule makes technical corrections, further aligns requirements with CARB program

Posted August 23, 2019

EPA has issued a final rule amending the regulations for formaldehyde standards for composite wood products. The Agency says the amendments address technical issues and further align the final rule requirements with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measures (ATCM) Phase II program.

According to EPA, the revisions also will streamline compliance programs and help to ensure continued smooth transitions for supply chains to comply with the requirements associated with regulated composite wood products.

The rule may affect companies who manufacture (including import), sell, supply, offer for sale, test, or work with certification firms that certify hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, particleboard, and/or products containing these composite wood materials in the United States.

The rule takes effect August 21, 2019.

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