EPA has proposed two new rules that would help reduce Americans’ exposure to formaldehyde from composite wood products. The first proposed rule would limit how much formaldehyde may be emitted from hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, particleboard, and finished goods that are manufactured, sold, or imported in the U.S. In addition, the rule includes testing requirements, laminated product provisions, product labeling requirements, chain of custody documentation, recordkeeping, a stockpiling prohibition, and enforcement provisions.
EPA’s second proposal would establish a third-party certification framework to ensure that manufacturers’ composite wood products meet the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) formaldehyde emission standards; products would have to be certified through an accredited third-party certifier. According to the agency, the rule would also establish eligibility requirements and responsibilities for third-party certifiers and the EPA-recognized accreditation bodies who would accredit them.
“EPA’s national rules will also encourage an ongoing industry trend towards switching to no-added formaldehyde resins in composite wood products,” the agency’s press release