The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) has received a copy of EPA’s long-expected final rule on formaldehyde in composite wood products. The rule, which was released on July 27, should be finalized  in the coming days, according to WDMA. The regulation sets requirements to reduce exposure to formaldehyde vapors by establishing emission standards and labeling requirements for certain wood products.

“WDMA was engaged with EPA on this new rule from the beginning,” said WDMA president and CEO Mike O’Brien. “Upon initial review, we are pleased that EPA took the fenestration industry’s recommendations to follow existing CARB (California Air Resources Board) regulations as close as possible. While WDMA is pleased with EPA’s direction in this regard, we are still reviewing the rule to determine the full impact of it and if any further clarification is needed regarding implementation that WDMA should address with EPA, especially relating to interior architectural door products.”

In addition to limits on formaldehyde emissions, the final rule also establishes a third-party certification program for laboratory testing and oversight of formaldehyde emissions from manufactured and/or imported composite wood products and hardwood plywood.

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