New Compliance Date for EPA's Formaldehyde in Composite Wood Products Regulation

The new compliance date is June 1, 2018, for its formaldehyde emissions regulation for composite wood products, under Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act.

The Environmental Protection Agency has set a new compliance date, June 1, 2018, for its formaldehyde emissions regulation for composite wood products, under Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act. EPA announced the date in an April 4 Federal Register notice.

A California federal judge in February 2018 approved a settlement agreement among environmental groups, EPA, the National Association of Home Builders, and other industry groups in the case of Sierra Club and A Community Voice-Louisiana v. Scott Pruitt, which cleared the way for the June 1 compliance date. The case challenged EPA's decision to extend the compliance deadline to Dec. 12, 2018.

The new compliance date means that as of June 1, companies that manufacture, import, sell, supply, test, or work with composite wood materials must use products are certified to comply with TSCA Title VI or the identical California Air Resources Board Airborne Toxic Control Measures Phase II emission standards -- this is, certified by a third-party certifier. After March 22, 2019, CARB-approved third-party certifiers must comply with additional accreditation requirements.

The regulation contains recordkeeping and labeling requirements.

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