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February 18, 2014

Posted By Cindy Squires, Wednesday, August 06, 2014
The key to surviving the rapid fire events in the wood industry in the last year has been the ability to be nimble and ready to embrace change.  The wood industry has two new proposed rules that merit attention and can impact your ability to export to the U.S.  

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed its first ever rules that would regulate composite wood products sold U.S. wide for their formaldehyde emissions and to regulate the Third Party Certifiers.   The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is also working to change its current formaldehyde program.  

Both agencies are looking to expand the CARB program to cover those who laminate and not just those who make the panel products.  If you manufacture, sell or export these products into the United States you need to be paying attention.   IWPA has submitted detailed concerns with the proposals.   IWPA has opposed the expansion to those who attach veneers to CARB compliant composite cores.  

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is holding a workshop on March 18th as a follow up to the one held on November 20, 2013 to get input on a new draft of the CARB rules for formaldehyde emissions in composite wood products.  The meeting will be webcast.  You can find additional information at http://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/compwood/notice031814.pdf

The International Wood Products Association (IWPA) expects that the EPA rule will be completed by the third quarter of 2014 and that CARB will quickly follow with its new rules.  We won’t know until both are published exactly when manufacturers and exporters must comply.  Exporters to the U.S. will need to be paying attention and consider the longer lead times for transit.  

IWPA will have a deep dive into both proposed regulations at the next IWPA Convention in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 5-7, 2014.    IWPA invited CARB and EPA to discuss the proposals in depth with participants.  

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