EPA Extends Formaldehyde Rule Compliance Dates
September 5, 2017 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a new direct final rule to extend the compliance dates in the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products. The pre-publication version of the final rule was released Friday, September 1.
The date for the emission standards, recordkeeping and labeling provisions is extended by one year, from December 12, 2017 to December 12, 2018.
Other compliance dates are extended by approximately three months:
• the date for complying with import certification provisions is moved from December 12, 2018 to March 22, 2019;
• the date for complying with laminated product producer provisions is moved from December 12, 2023 to March 22, 2024; and
• the conclusion of the transition period for CARB Third-Party Certifiers (TPCs) is moved from December 12, 2018 to March 22, 2019.
These changes will become part of Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) 30 days after the final version is published in the Federal Register, which is expected this week, according to Bill Perdue, vice president of regulatory affairs for the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA).
“EPA believes that extension of these compliance dates and the transitional period for CARB TPC’s adds needed regulatory flexibility for regulated entities, reduces compliance burdens and helps to prevent disruptions to supply chains while still ensuring that compliant composite wood products enter the supply chain in a timely manner,” the pre-publication notice stated.
The EPA’s notice also stated that the new direct final rule addresses feedback received from AHFA, along with other industry stakeholders, including the Composite Panel Association, International Wood Products Association and others.