EPA Delays Compliance Date for Wood Composite Formaldehyde Rule … AgainOthers
The compliance deadline for formaldehyde emission standards, recordkeeping and labeling provisions has once again been extended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this time to Dec. 12, 2018.
That’s a good thing, notes David Kruse, western region technical director.
“The EPA needs more time to complete some amendments that will bring the standard in harmony with the California Air Resource Board’s (CARB) rule so that there is less confusion in the marketplace,” Kruse says.
Kruse and other members of the Arauco environmental safety and health team have been closely monitoring the twists and turns of the EPA rulemaking since President Barack Obama signed the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act into law on July 7, 2010. Arauco has kept a watchful eye on the rulemaking not only to ensure that it meets the standard, but also to help its distributors and end-use customers with compliance.
“The EPA rule like the CARB rule before it was put in place to protect people and safety is our number one priority,” says Kerry Little, corporate sustainability manager. “Arauco has invested significantly in resin technology over the years. As a result, we have reduced formaldehyde emission levels in our particleboard and MDF panels by more than two thirds in the last decade. A month doesn’t go by where our technical staff are not working on a resin trial. We’re always looking for better ways.”
Kruse says Arauco’s compliance will be reflected in new product labeling that is under development.
“Arauco has aligned its formaldehyde compliance program with the new EPA TSCA Title VI requirements. We’ll begin labeling our products EPA compliant after the amendments to the rule are finalized which is expected to be in the second quarter of 2018.”
Meanwhile, Canada is expected to adopt the EPA rule, Kruse says. Having a North American formaldehyde rule will help level the playing field by restricting imports of non-compliant panel products from entering the U.S. and Canadian markets. “That’s absolutely a good thing,” Kruse says.
Did You Know?
All particleboard, MDF and thin MDF manufactured in Arauco NA mills are certified by the Composite Panel Association (CPA), an approved CARB third party certifier (TPC‐1), to comply with CARB Phase 2 emissions as specified in CCR 93120.2(a).