On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its proposed regulations for the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, in which the statute sets formaldehyde emission limits for hardwood plywood, particle board, and medium density fiberboard.

The legislation – which was passed in 2010 – is supported by the American Wood Council (AWC), the American Forest & Paper Association and other wood products associations.

“We supported the legislation as consistent with good product stewardship, extending nationwide California’s existing rule and we support reasonable standards that are consistent with our industry’s commitment to the safety of our products and the original intent of the legislation,” said AWC president and CEO Robert Glowinski. “We look forward to commenting on the proposal to ensure that the rules implement the full intent of the legislation.”

To the extent the proposed rules implement the State of California’s existing performance-based standard, the regulations would create a single nationwide standard and allow those manufacturers that are already complying to not be placed at a competitive disadvantage, according to the AWC.

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