NAHB Supports EPA Delay on Formaldehyde Rule

Filed in Environmental, Legal, Remodelers by on December 22, 2017 0 Comments

formaldehyde moleculeNAHB has filed an amicus brief supporting the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) extension of certain deadlines in its formaldehyde regulation for composite wood products.

Administrative delays and technical amendments issued at the start of the Trump administration had delayed implementation of the formaldehyde rule, which was originally set for Dec. 12.

Back in September, EPA issued a deadline extension to provide companies more time to come into compliance with its recordkeeping and labeling requirements. The rule also makes several important technical corrections.

The emission standards, recordkeeping, and labeling provisions will now take effect Dec. 12, 2018.

NAHB members that produce manufactured housing, as well as contractors that perform services through a retail establishment, are directly regulated by certain aspects of the formaldehyde rule.

However, any NAHB member that uses composite wood products – including flooring, cabinets and other building components – also stands to be impacted if EPA’s extension rule is not upheld. If companies are unable to comply with the rule, these products will be delayed in reaching the market, increasing project wait times and costs.

NAHB joined two other groups – the International Wood Products Association and the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association – to file an amicus brief supporting the extension rule on Dec. 13. A court hearing is scheduled for Jan. 12.



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