The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn a rule that would have extended several dates for wood composite producers to comply with formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood products.
The EPA published the compliance extension rule in May, but after receiving negative feedback from industry the rule was withdrawn in July. The original, tighter compliance dates published in the December 2016 final rule on formaldehyde emissions will remain in effect.
The EPA also published a rule in July that would remove a provision prohibiting early labeling of products compliant with the formaldehyde emission standards. The proposed rule would allow companies to voluntarily label standard-compliant products as soon as compliance is achieved. The rule will become effective in August, unless negative feedback is received during the public comment period.