EPA Formaldehyde Rules

EPA proposed two formaldehyde rules May 29, 2013. The first, Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products, sets limits on the release of formaldehyde from hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, particleboard and finished goods containing these products, that are sold, supplied, offered for sale, manufactured or imported in the U. S. The emission levels mirror standards previously established by the California Air Resources Board. The second rule, Third-party Certification Framework, establishes a program to ensure that wood panel producers comply with the emission limits.

"HPVA is very pleased with EPA's publication of the federal formaldehyde emissions standard for composite wood products", notes Kip Howlett, President of the Hardwood Plywood, & Veneer Association. "Our members have met the most stringent emission standards for these products in the world and welcome this federal leveling of the playing field regardless of where they are manufactured."

Comments will be accepted on the proposed rules for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.