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EPA & CARB Formaldehyde Limits


EPA & CARB Formaldehyde

On June 10, 2013 the Environmental Protection Agency released the proposed rule in the Federal Register. The Third Party Certification (TPC) proposed regulation is available here and the full proposed regulation is available here.

CARB has also begun a process to amend its rules so that they are in line with the proposed EPA changes. 

The Federal Wood Industries Coalition (FWIC) Submits Additional Comments to EPA. As an active member of FWIC, IWPA has worked to share industry concerns about the proposed regulation with the EPA. On May 8th, FWIC submitted comments urging EPA to accept the CARB approach while avoiding costly testing requirements. The full letter is available here. Previous FWIC letters to EPA are available here and here.

FWIC Sent Letter To CARB on its Proposed Changes to the CARB Rules.  You can read the Feb. 20, 2014 FWIC comments here

IWPA submitted comments on the EPA proposed regulation of formaldehyde in composite wood products. You can read the TPC comments here, and the comments on the full regulation here.

IWPA encourages all members to submit letters to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and to Congress urging them to support industry concerns. If you would like to contact Congress or the EPA you can use the IWPA letter generator. Just go here to fill out the fields and submit your opinion.


  • Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy has submitted comments to the EPA proposed regulation of formaldehyde in composite wood products. You can read the full letter submitted to the docket here.
  • IWPA has released a Member Alert with broad details of the regulations; members can receive a copyhere.
  • IWPA held a webinar on July 25th with the EPA to dscuss the proposed regulations in detail. A copy of the PowerPoint given by EPA is available here, along with a supplementary handout on labelling requirement here. A recording will be made available soon.
  • IWPA Executive Director Cindy Squires wrote a column for Import/Export Wood Publishing News that discusses the differences between the proposed EPA formaldehyde regulation and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulation. You can read the full column here.

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