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CARB gives update on new EPA rule

13.04.2018 − 

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) published additional information about the new US rule governing formaldehyde emissions from particleboard, MDF/HDF and hardwood plywood on its website on 23 March. Under a ruling issued by the District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco on 13 March, emission values contained in Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must be adhered to throughout the entire US starting on 1 June. This date is almost six months earlier than stated in the EPA Final Rule published in the Federal Register on 25 September 2017.

In its update, the CARB pointed out that wood-based panels and products made out of these materials that comply with the Phase 2 emission rules contained in the Airborne Toxic Control Measure to Reduce Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products (ATCM) - which was adopted in April 2007 and has applied in California since 1 January 2009 - will also satisfy the stipulations of TSCA Title VI until 22 March 2019.

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