EPA updates, clarifies formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed technical amendments to its formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood products. Published last week in the Federal Register, the proposed changes primarily address concerns over testing and certification provisions of the rule published in December 2016, which require suppliers, importers, and manufacturers of hardwood plywood, MDF, and particleboard to limit the products’ formaldehyde emissions.