Members of the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) are addressing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) investigation into whether regulatory or other action might be appropriate to protect against potential risks posed by formaldehyde emitted from certain pressed wood products.”WDMA wants to ensure that if there is to be a national program, it must be based on sound science and knowledge that it is going be meaningful,” says WDMA vice president for advocacy and technical services, Jeff Lowinski. “It also needs to pre-empt individual state regulations. Otherwise, multiple state regulations will likely continue, with multiple compliance requirements, labels and confusion.”

WDMA also has expressed concern that the EPA should ensure that the CARB program concerning formaldehyde is successful, both technically and procedurally, before adopting it or another pressed wood product regulation. Likewise, the group has fears about the industry companies’ ability to convert all of their national capacity to compliant products or alternates, and requests that EPA conduct a thorough review of the suitability and effectiveness of the CARB Airborne Toxic Control Measure Phase I compliance documentation requirements before adopting them.

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