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EPA Extends Compliance Dates for the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products Rule

The dates for compliance to the EPA Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products rule have been extended. EPA has made a prepublication of this rule available here. The final rule extends: The December 12, 2017 date for emission standards, recordkeeping, and labeling provisions until December 12, 2018; The December 12, 2018 date for import certification provisions until March 22, 2019; and The December 12, 2023 date for provisions applicable to producers of laminated products until March 22, 2024. [...]

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 As a reminder, a separate amendment, that would have extended compliance dates by 90 days, was withdrawn on July 6, 2017. [...]

New Effective Dates for TSCA Title VI Implementation

  New Proposed Effective Dates for TSCA Title VI Implementation Composite wood products, including hardwood plywood, medium density fiberboard (MDF) and particleboard are used in a variety of products such as flooring, furniture, cabinetry and building materials. A national standard for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products, designed to closely mirror the existing standards established by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), has been in development since 2010. Issued on December 12, 2016, EPA delayed the TSCA Title VI final rule’s effective date to comply with the Trump Administration’s Executive Memorandum that directed U. [...]

EPA Formaldehyde Rule Published in the Federal Register

The long awaited EPA regulation on formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products, TSCA Title VI, was published in the Federal Register on December 12, 2016. This will set in motion requirements that will help reduce formaldehyde exposure from particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF), and hardwood plywood which are some of the most prevalent indoor sources. A pre-publication of the rule was released by EPA in July and UL posted a blog about the requirements, which can be found here. [...]

UL Announces GREENGUARD Gold Certification for RH Baby & Child Furniture

Northbrook, IL November 3, 2014 – UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science leader, today announced that RH Baby & Child household children’s furniture products have received GREENGUARD Gold Certification. Now offering the largest selection of GREENGUARD Gold Certified household children’s furniture, including cribs, dressers, beds and side tables, RH Baby & Child provides parents with more choices when selecting low-emitting products. GREENGUARD Gold Certified products aid in the creation of healthier indoor environments, and release fewer pollutants that can contribute to health issues including asthma and other respiratory issues. [...]