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    Default Formaldehyde

    Dick,

    In Jesse's thread you mention an accross the board VOC standard that the plywood industry is now voluntarily adhering to. So are you sayting that all plywoods, OSBs, fiber and particle boards used in the US now meet this standard regardless of where they are produced? If so, that's great and news to me! But what is the standard they have agreed to? Is it as low as the European standard?

    Thanks for the info.

    --Ben

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    Ben:

    I could have sworn I read that the EPA was voluntarily offering to meet CARB standards on a nationwide basis, but this is all I can find for now, it's unsettled at this point, this is from DWM and what applies to composit windows applies to all composit wood products:
    Quote Originally Posted by DWM Magazine
    During its January 29, 2009, public meeting, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) heard comments regarding its investigation into determining whether and what type of regulatory action may be appropriate to protect against risks posed by formaldehyde emitted from composite wood products.

    The meeting was held in response to a petition asking the EPA to assess and reduce the risks posed by formaldehyde emissions from these products as well adopt and apply the California formaldehyde emissions regulation for composite wood products nationally, specifically hardwood plywood, particleboard and medium-density fiberboard.

    Public comments could be submitted to the EPA either by mail, on-line or by attending one of six public-hearing sessions, including a recently added meeting in New Orleans.

    Approximately 45 association and company representatives attended the meeting at the EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C., in order to respond to the EPA's request for comment on "Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products."

    While most speakers acknowledged the importance of industry-wide regulation to ensure that formaldehyde emissions from composite wood are at the lowest levels possible, they also spoke of the hardships involved with implementing the formaldehyde emissions regulation that had been recently approved and implemented by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

    In addition, most speakers acknowledged adherence to the existing regulations set forth by CARB, and the overwhelming consensus was that while it would be a costly hardship to implement CARB on a national level, something was going to be needed in order to create a "level-playing field." Numerous speakers spoke of their fear that, if not for a federal regulation, they may be undercut in price by foreign suppliers who may be able to offer composite wood products cheaper, since they would not have to upgrade their technologies in order to meet the strict emissions standards.

    "The same criteria should apply to domestic and international products," argued Ray Garris of JELD-WEN Corp.

    Others argued for prompt resolution of the formaldehyde issue. "It's time to end the debate. We want a line drawn," said Kelly Shotbolt, president of Flakeboard Co. Ltd.

    Conversely, AAMA's codes and industry affairs manager, Chuck Anderson, argued against the EPA's adoption of CARB on a national level, arguing that the regulations are unclear, that formaldehyde emissions from composite wood is relatively low and that any regulation would be difficult to enforce. Anderson argued that rather than adopt CARB, the EPA should instead develop a performance-based standard that has the objective of reducing human exposure to formaldehyde, regardless of the source of formaldehyde emissions.¹
    Quote Originally Posted by DWM Magazine
    Mar 25th, 2009 | By DWM Mag | Category: Industry News
    Members of the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) are addressing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) investigation into whether regulatory or other action might be appropriate to protect against potential risks posed by formaldehyde emitted from certain pressed wood products.”WDMA wants to ensure that if there is to be a national program, it must be based on sound science and knowledge that it is going be meaningful,” says WDMA vice president for advocacy and technical services, Jeff Lowinski. “It also needs to pre-empt individual state regulations. Otherwise, multiple state regulations will likely continue, with multiple compliance requirements, labels and confusion.”

    WDMA also has expressed concern that the EPA should ensure that the CARB program concerning formaldehyde is successful, both technically and procedurally, before adopting it or another pressed wood product regulation. Likewise, the group has fears about the industry companies’ ability to convert all of their national capacity to compliant products or alternates, and requests that EPA conduct a thorough review of the suitability and effectiveness of the CARB Airborne Toxic Control Measure Phase I compliance documentation requirements before adopting them.²




    ¹ http://www.dwmmag.com/articles/newsEPA20090210.htm
    ² http://www.dwmmag.com/index.php/wdma...e-regulations/
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