Proposed Formaldehyde Rule Amendment on Technical Issues

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is publishing a proposed rule for public comment that addresses technical issues that stakeholders have raised to the Agency since the December 12, 2016 publication of the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products final rule. This proposed rule addresses certain technical issues that, once amended, would further align the EPA TSCA Title VI final rule requirements with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measures (ATCM) Phase II program and addresses technical issues that would provide clarity on certain rule provisions. These include:

  • Removing annual correlations between the Third-Party Certifiers (TPC’s) chamber and the mill quality control (QC) chamber;
  • Allowing equivalence on like size or similar model chambers at TPC lab and mill;
  • Averaging of emission test results from quarterly testing;
  • Establishing testing emission ranges;
  • Allowing for equivalence only if mill uses TPC to conduct all testing;
  • Updating correlational coefficients and “r” value alternatives;
  • Updating the notification of exceedance of quality control limit;
  • Updating NAF and ULEF exemption testing requirements;
  • Updating to the ISO 17025-2017 and 17011-2017 voluntary consensus standards;
  • Updating text in the non-complying lot provisions;
  • Clarifying that labels on compliant products are required at point of entry in the U.S.; and
  • Clarifying the June 1, 2018 manufactured-by date following the court ruling in 2017.

Visit EPA’s Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products webpage to learn more about this proposed rule and read a prepublication copy of the Federal Register notice.

Upon publication of the Federal Register notice, EPA will take public comments on the proposed rule in docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2018-0174 on www.regulations.gov for 30 days. EPA will consider all relevant comments to develop a final rule and an accompanying response to comments document.

Visit the EPA’s formaldehyde website for additional information on TSCA Title VI final rule. Please use the “Contact us” link here to send us questions regarding this message.

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