The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmentalists have agreed to a June 1, 2018 deadline for enforcement of a national formaldehyde rule that sets emissions standards for formaldehyde from wood products. Last month, a federal court rejected a delay that gave industry an additional six months from the rule's initial compliance date.
The terms of the agreement will ensure that North American composite panel manufacturers and their customers can manage inventories and comply with TSCA Title VI in a timely manner according to the Composite Panel Association (CPA). BIFMA and other organizations worked with the CPA to get a national formaldehyde rule mirroring the California Air Resources Board (CARB) “Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) to Reduce Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products” passed by the U.S. Congress. A national approach prevents the need for, and immense compliance difficulty with, each state creating uniquely different laws.
The agreement was approved by U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White on March 13, 2018 and will be published in the Federal Register. Click the following link for a copy of the order: