Formaldehyde Rule Effective Date is Delayed
President Trump issued an Executive Order shortly after his inauguration on January 20 implementing a regulatory freeze that impacts the effective date for EPA’s formaldehyde emissions rule for composite wood products.
The order impacts all regulations that have been published in the Federal Register but have not yet taken effect. It temporarily postpones their effective date for 60 days. This moves the effective date for the EPA formaldehyde rule from February 10 to March 21, 2017.
This change only impacts the deadline for accrediting bodies and third-party certifiers to register with the EPA.
The December 12, 2017, implementation date for all panel producers and fabricators to comply with the regulation’s emissions limits and other requirements is not affected.
Since the formaldehyde rule has already been published in the Federal Register, it cannot be changed without further action by Congress or through rulemaking by the EPA. Both are considered unlikely.
AHFA continues its advocacy efforts in conjunction with an industry coalition seeking clarification on implementation details, including the restriction on labeling items as TSCA Title VI compliant prior to December 12, 2017. (Details on this issue can be found in the February edition of Furniture Executive.)