August Update to EPA Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products

On August 8th, EPA announced a direct final rule allowing manufacturers of TSCA Title VI compliant composite wood products to begin labeling products as compliant starting on August 25, 2017.  The rule provides flexibility to manufacturers of composite wood panels, and products utilizing these panels, to begin following the labeling guidelines of TSCA Title VI voluntarily before the December 12, 2017 compliance date, if they are in compliance with the regulation.

As a reminder, a separate amendment, that would have extended compliance dates by 90 days, was withdrawn on July 6, 2017.  Therefore, the December 12, 2017 compliance date for labeling is still in effect until further regulatory action is taken by EPA.

We will continue to provide details on changes to EPA’s formaldehyde rule as we receive them, but encourage all interested parties to check the EPA formaldehyde website, frequently for updates. And keep following UL Environment’s Sustainability Matters blog to stay informed.