Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products

Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0018
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The EPA is developing a final rule under the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act that was enacted in 2010 as title VI of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), 15 U.S.C. 2697, and requires that the EPA promulgate implementing regulations to establish specific formaldehyde emission limits for hardwood plywood, particleboard, and medium-density fiberboard, which limits are identical to the California emission limits for these products. In 2013, the EPA proposed regulations to implement emissions standards established by TSCA title VI for composite wood products sold, supplied, offered for sale, or manufactured in the United States. Pursuant to TSCA section 3(7), the definition of "manufacture" includes import. As required by title VI, these regulations apply to hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard. TSCA title VI also directs EPA to promulgate supplementary provisions to ensure compliance with the emissions standards, including provisions related to labeling; chain of custody requirements; sell-through provisions; ULEF resins; no-added formaldehyde-based resins; finished goods; third-party testing and certification; auditing and reporting of third-party certifiers; recordkeeping; enforcement; laminated products; and exceptions from the requirements of regulations promulgated pursuant to this subsection for products and components containing de minimis amounts of composite wood products. A separate Regulatory Agenda entry (RIN 2070-AJ44) addresses requirements for accrediting bodies and third-party certifiers.  EPA may decide to issue a single final rule to promulgate the final requirements related to both proposed rules.

RIN: 2070-AJ92
Impacts and Effects: International
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 770
Priority: Other Significant
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Publication Period: Spring 2015
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule
Major Rule: Yes
Legal Authorities: 15 U.S.C. 2697 Toxic Substances Control Act
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: Private Sector
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: Business
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: Yes
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
Legal Deadline
StatutoryOtherStatutory Deadline01/01/2013
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM06/10/201378 FR 34820
NPRM Comment Period Extended07/23/201378 FR 44089
NPRM Comment Period Extended08/21/201378 FR 51695
Notice04/08/201479 FR 19305
NPRM Comment Period Extended05/09/201479 FR 26678
Final Rule11/00/2015
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Short Title: Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products
Keyword(s): Formaldehyde, composite wood, TSCA Title VI, Standards, Composite Wood Products Act
Type: Rulemaking
Location: HQ-OPPT

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
May 26, 2014 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 04/08/2014
ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0018-0597
Comment Period Closed
Oct 09, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 06/10/2013
ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0018-0001
Comments Not Accepted
Proposed Rule
Posted: 05/09/2014
ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0018-0604
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 05/06/2014
ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0018-0603
Comment Period Closed
Proposed Rule
Posted: 08/21/2013
ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0018-0511

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 08/22/2014
ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0018-0631
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 07/09/2014
ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0018-0622
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 04/18/2014
ID: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0018-0598


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Comments Received*
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Agency Contact
Cindy Wheeler
202 566-0484
Washington, DC 20460
Lynn Vendinello
202 566-0514
202 564-0473 (Fax)
Washington, DC 20460
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