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Switzerland : US Proposes to Extend Compliance Dates for Composite Wood Products.

The US EPA has issued two rules to extend the compliance dates relating to formaldehyde emission standards in composite wood products. Unless adverse comments are received, the direct final rule will become effective on July 10, 2017.

In December 2016, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Final Rule to implement The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act. This Rule 1 includes provisions relating to, among other things, formaldehyde emission standards in hardwood plywood composite core or veneer core (HWPW-CC or VC), particleboards (PBs) and medium-density fiberboards (MDFs), third-party certification programs, incentives for products manufactured from ultra-low emitting formaldehyde resins (ULEF) and no added-formaldehyde-based resins (NAF), product labeling, Accreditation Bodies (ABs) and Third-party Certifiers (TPCs). The formaldehyde emission standards, which were to become effective in December 2017, are identical to those in Phase 2 of the Air Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) to control formaldehyde emissions under the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

In May 2017, the EPA published a direct final rule 2 and a proposed rule 3 in the Federal Register to extend the compliance dates in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Title VI final rule for:

Formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood products

Record keeping and labeling provisions

Import certification

The end of the transitional period for CARB-TPCs. This has been extended from December 12, 2018 to March 22, 2019.

Producers of laminated products

The publication of the proposed rule has opened a 15-day comment period; until June 8, 2017.

According to the direct final rule, extension of these compliance dates and the transitional period for CARB-TPCs provide regulatory flexibility, reduces compliance burdens and prevents disruptions to supply chains.

Unless adverse comments are received by June 8, 2017, this direct final rule will become effective on July 10, 2017.

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Date:Jun 10, 2017
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