Federal Wood Industries Coalition submits comments to CARB addressing California agency's proposed amendments to Airborne Toxic Control Measure to reduce formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products; letter will also be submitted to EPA
April 22, 2014
– The Federal Wood Industries Coalition (FWIC) submitted comments to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) today addressing the agency’s proposed amendments to the Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) to Reduce Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products. The comments were mainly a confirmation of the positions that FWIC advanced during the agency’s workshop on March 18 and represent broad industry consensus.
The FWIC submission supports CARB’s Laminated Products Proposal, and advocates for CARB to clarify the definitions of engineered wood siding and trim; oppose deconstructive testing of laminated products; reduce testing frequency for limited production runs; and consider adding a de minimis exemption to unify CARB’s regulations with EPA.
The CPA-led coalition credited CARB’s positions on non-complying lot notifications; protecting confidential business information; the hardboard emissions limit; and rejection of individual panel labeling requirements.
The letter will also be submitted to EPA to be included in the docket for its rulemaking and for the public input session EPA is hosting on April 28th in Washington, DC.
In addition to CPA, signatories include: American Chemistry Council; American Coatings Association; American Forest & Paper Association; American Home Furnishings Alliance; American Wood Council; APA – the Engineered Wood Association; Architectural Woodwork Institute; Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers; Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association; European Panel Federation; International Wood Products Association; Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association; Moulding & Millwork Producers Association; and National Wood Flooring Association. See FWIC Letter to CARB. More Info: Tom Julia