The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it will create additional, national regulations to "reduce exposure of formaldehyde vapors from certain wood products," Helena Okolicsanyi writes on ProSales' sister site, Remodeling. The rule is an update to the EPA's 2010 Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products Act.
As of now, California is the only state that has regulations for formaldehyde exposure. The update to the EPA's 2010 act will create national regulations of formaldehyde emissions for wood products manufactured domestically and imported into the U.S.
In a press release, the EPA stated:
One year after the rule is published, composite wood products that are sold, supplied, offered for sale, manufactured, or imported in the United States will need to be labeled as TSCA Title VI compliant. These products include: hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard, as well as household and other finished goods containing these products.
By including provisions for laminated products, product testing requirements, labeling, recordkeeping, and import certification, the final rule ensures that hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard products sold, supplied, offered for sale, imported to, or manufactured in the United States are in compliance with the emission standards.