Nov. 2 deadline for EPA formaldehyde review panel nominations

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The Environmental Protection Agency is forming a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel for the development of a proposed rulemaking to implement the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act.

Small business owners have until Nov. 2 for the submission of self-nominations to serve on the panel that will allow EPA to consider small entity concerns in implementing its regulations. The Panel itself is comprised of federal employees from EPA, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy.

The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act (the Act), signed into law by President Obama on July 7, 2010, establishes limits for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products: hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard.  These products must meet the emission standards whether or not they are incorporated into finished goods.

If you are a small entity (such as a manufacturer, laminator, fabricator, importer, distributor or retailer) that makes or works with composite wood products, you may be eligible to serve as a Small Entity Representative. To submit a self-nominatinon, send a message to RFA-SBREFA@epa.gov or call (202) 564-5586 by no later than Nov. 2. In the message, provide:
    •    your name,
    •    the name and size of your company,
    •    address, and
    •    contact information.
    •    In the subject line of your e-mail write: SER Self-Nomination for Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products

Issues the EPA must address for implementation:

    * sell-through provisions (including a prohibition on stockpiling)
    * ultra low-emitting formaldehyde resins
    * no-added formaldehyde-based resins
    * finished goods
    * third-party testing and certification
    * auditing of and reporting for third-party certifiers
    * chain-of-custody requirements
    * recordkeeping
    * labeling
    * enforcement
    * laminated products
    * hardboard
    * other provisions aside from the emission limits

Source: EPA website: http://www.epa.gov/sbrefa/formaldehyde.htm


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