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EPA proposes changes in formaldehyde emission deadlines

Change allows companies more time to adhere to national standard

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to issue a final rule that will extend compliance dates for the national Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products.

As announced on its website this week, the dates will be amended as follows:

  • Emission standards, recordkeeping and labeling provisions from Dec. 12, 2017, to Dec. 12, 2018
  • Import certification provisions from Dec. 12, 2018, to March 22, 2019
  • Laminated product producer provisions from Dec. 12, 2023, to March 22, 2024
  • The conclusion of the transition period for CARB Third-Party Certifiers from Dec. 12, 2018, to March 22, 2019

On July 11, the EPA also published a direct final rule that would remove a provision that prohibited the early labeling of compliant products before the original Dec. 12 deadline. As it received no adverse comments on this matter, the rule has been changed to allow companies to label compliant products before the new December 2018 deadline. That change became effective Aug. 25, meaning that companies can begin labeling product manufactured by this date.

The EPA said it has received no negative comments on these changes, which are being finalized as proposed.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, Furniture Today

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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