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EPA Formaldehyde Labeling Effective Date Has Been Changed

On March 2018, in response to a court order and joint stipulation document issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an update to the compliance dates for products and groups subject to TSCA Title VI. [...]

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. [...]

UL Environment Recognized by the US EPA as a TSCA Title VI Third-Party Certifier

MARIETTA, Ga., June 20, 2017 – UL Environment, a division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science leader, announced official recognition as a TSCA Title VI Third-Party Certifier (TPC) under the U.S. [...]

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. [...]

UL GREENGUARD Certification Now Included in EPA Standards for US Federal Government

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that UL GREENGUARD Certification is now included in the EPA’s Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for US federal government procurement. These recommendations are the result of a multi-year stakeholder process, jointly led by the EPA and General Services Administration (GSA), and are designed to put a more formal and rigorous process around identifying standards and certifications that comply with the federal government’s sustainable purchasing requirements. As we have previously mentioned, the president’s Executive Order 13693 requires that 95% of all federal purchasing be environmentally preferable products and services that meet these standards. [...]

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. [...]