CARB Helps the US Composite Wood Products Industry

Top Quote CARB has published two documents relating to the formaldehyde regulations under CARB and the US EPA. In addition to a comparison document, CARB has also announced it will accept compliant composite wood products that are labeled as TSCA Title VI compliant. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) May 26, 2018 - In March 2018, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) published two articles to help the composite wood products industry understand the similarities and differences between CARB’s Airborne Toxic Control Measures (ATCM) and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Formaldehyde regulations.

    The two documents are:
    • Status of US EPA Formaldehyde Regulation and CARB Regulation
    • Comparison of Key requirements of CARB and US EPA Regulations to Reduce Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products

    While the EPA’s formaldehyde emissions standards are based upon CARB’s ATCM, there are some differences:
    • EPA regulations require record keeping for three years (CARB requires two)
    • EPA requires panels (or bundles of panels) and finished goods (or boxes containing finished goods) to be labeled as complying with TSCA Title VI, CARB Phase 2, or both, until March 22, 2019. After this date – TSCA Title VI only. CARB regulations require labeling as CARB Phase 2
    • EPA requires method, such as color-coded edge marking, to identify supplier of each compliant panel and finished good
    • CARB requires finished goods to be labeled as containing Phase 2 compliant composite wood materials. EPA exempts finished goods with a surface area of less than 144 square inches, based on the surface area of the largest face
    • Fabricators of wood veneer laminated products must comply with requirements for hardwood plywood (HWPW) panel manufacturers after March 22, 2024, under EPA regulations
    • EPA requires import certification through the US Customs and Border Protection’s Automated Commercial Environment from March 22, 2019. No such requirement under CARB

    The CARB documents state that, where there is a difference between the CARB regulations and EPA regulations, California will accept the more stringent set of requirements.

    Stakeholders should be aware that both Californian and Federal law have provisions relating to, among other things, formaldehyde emission standards for:
    • Hardwood plywood-composite core (HWPW-CC)
    • Hardwood plywood-veneer core (HWPW-VC)
    • Particleboards (PBs) and medium-density fiberboards (MDFs)
    • Economic operators (panel manufacturers, fabricators, distributors, importers and retailers)
    • Third-party certification programs
    • Incentives for products manufactured from ultra-low emitting formaldehyde resins (ULEF) and no added-formaldehyde-based resins (NAF)
    • Product labeling
    • Third-party Certifiers (TPCs)

    Stakeholders are now advised to check their products are compliant with the latest regulations for composite wood products in their target market.

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