EPA Extends Compliance Deadlines for Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products

On September 25, 2017 federal EPA issued a final rule extending the compliance deadlines for its formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood products. EPA believes the extended compliance deadlines will reduce compliance burdens and prevent supply chain disruptions, while still ensuring compliant composite wood products enter the market in a timely manner.

EPA had previously released a proposed rule and direct final rule extending the deadlines. EPA received one adverse comment, and accordingly withdrew its direct final rule and continued with the proposed rule.

The effective date for this final rule is October 25, 2017.

Subject Original Deadline New Deadline
Manufactured-by date for emission standards, recordkeeping, and labeling provisions December 12, 2017 December 12, 2018
Import certification provisions December 12, 2018 March 22, 2019
Producer of laminated products provisions December 12, 2023 March 22, 2024
California Air Resources Board (CARB) Third Party Certifiers (TPC) may certify composite wood products under TSCA Title VI without accreditation, so long as the TPC remains accredited by CARB December 12, 2018 March 22, 2019

Sources:

EPA, Final Rule, Compliance Date Extension; Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products, 82 FR 44533, September 25, 2017