CARB's proposal establishes a 0.13 ppm formaldehyde emission performance standard for laminated products made with wood veneer. Among the criteria, the standard would apply to unfinished wood-veneered laminated products and enforcement testing would be performed on a product specimen, based on the flow-to-area ratio for MDF.
Based on prior feedback from the industry, EPA said it is also looking at: "a reduced testing program for laminated products, a self-certification program for laminated products, an exemption of laminated products from the definition of 'hardwood plywood'; or an exemption from testing and certification requirements for all laminated products or just those made by a low-volume producer."
Formaldehyde emissions regulations impact producers of panels and products made from particleboard, medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and hardwood plywood, including cabinetry, furniture and casegoods. Also affected are sellers of these products.
EPA said it is also "considering whether third-party certification should be required for laminated products if emission testing for these products is required; what emission standard, if any, would be appropriate for laminated products; and whether laminated products should be grouped for testing purposes."
Currently, there are two parts to EPA's proposed formaldehyde rule: "Third-Party Certification Framework for the Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products" (TPC rule) and "Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products" (the implementation rule). In a statement last fall, the FWIC had said it also would like to see for the federal formaldehyde regulation include: a strengthening of third-party certifier requirements; the inclusion of a de minimis exemption; the replacement of EPA’s proposal for non-complying lots with a 72-hour notice provision; and the protection of confidential business information.