Recent Amendments to EPA’s Formaldehyde Emissions Final Rule Affect Furniture Industry

Alexandra B. Cunningham & Elizabeth Reese
October 31, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Alexandra Cunningham

Elizabeth Reese

In a move affecting manufacturers, distributors and retailers in the furniture and other wood-based industries, the Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a series of amendments to its Final Rule implementing the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, which added Title VI to the Toxic Substances Control Act. The Formaldehyde Final Rule, 40 CFR Part 770, sets formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood products and includes requirements for the testing, third-party certification, import certification and labeling of covered products by manufacturers of those products. …now [companies] will have to comply with the new formaldehyde emissions standards in every state in which they do business – not just California. A brief overview of the Formaldehyde Final Rule’s key provisions is below.

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