Earlier this week a Northern California federal district judge approved Sierra Club and EPA's joint proposed order on a new compliance date for the Formaldehyde Rule. The approved order did not show any changes from the submitted proposed order.
On February 16 a California federal trial judge recently declared unlawful and vacated the December 2018 compliance deadline for the Formaldehyde Rule governing composite wood products.
Earlier this week EPA published a prepublication notice on the proposed “correlation” rule allowing TPC the use of small chambers to test formaldehyde emission levels.
Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, has filed a lawsuit against EPA Administrator Pruitt in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California San Francisco Division to require U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adhere to the earlier December 12, 2017, deadline for compliance with the Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Rule.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a direct final rule Oct. 25 to update several voluntary consensus standards in the rule governing Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) posted an outreach guidance Sept. 29 about the relationship between the CARB formaldehyde rule and the EPA formaldehyde rule, indicating that manufacturers can use a statement such as “TSCA Title VI compliant” to comply with the CARB rule.
EPA published a direct final rule (82 FR 31922) and a proposed rule (82 FR 31932) in Tuesday's Federal Register. These rules intend to delete Section 770.45(f), which would prohibit voluntary labeling of composite wood products or finished goods made entirely of composite wood products manufactured before the regulatory manufactured-by date.
Trump Administration issued an order on January 20 directing all Federal agencies to suspend for 60 days the effective dates of rules that have published in the Federal Register but have not yet taken effect.
On Friday, December 9 the Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule to implement the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, adding Title VI to the Toxic Substances Control Act.
KCMA will be co-hosting a joint workshop organized by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) in January of 2017 to help our members navigate the recently released compliance rules for the EPA's Final Rule on Formaldehyde Emissions in Wood Products.