Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act

The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act became effective July 7, 2010. It amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to make the formaldehyde emission standard contained in the California Code of Regulations applicable to hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard sold, supplied, offered for sale, or manufactured in the US. The Act directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promulgate implementing regulations that ensure compliance equivalent to compliance with the California standard, including provisions relating to labeling, chain of custody requirements, sell-through provisions, ultra low-emitting formaldehyde resins, no-added formaldehyde-based resins, finished goods, third-party testing and certification, auditing and reporting of third-party certifiers, recordkeeping, and enforcement.

The Act also requires the EPA, by July 1, 2011, in coordination with Customs and Border Protection (CBP), to revise regulations promulgated under TSCA concerning import certification of any chemical substance, mixture, or article containing a chemical substance or mixture as necessary to ensure compliance with this Act.

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