CARB Delays Enforcement Of Tougher Formaldehyde Emissions Regulations


The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is delaying enforcement of the sell-through dates for composite wood products that do not meet Phase I of its more stringent formaldehyde emissions regulations. The date of enforcement has been pushed back to the end of 2010.

According to CARB, several industry associations and product suppliers have contacted the board regarding the slow economy and their need for additional sell-through time to sell inventories of pre-Phase I products. Previously, CARB had announced a four month delay, initially pushing back the enforcement date from January 1, 2010, to May 1, 2010.

“Because the inventories and demand for composite wood products and finished goods are closely linked, [CARB] staff believes it is important to take a comprehensive approach and provide sell-through periods for both composite wood panels and finished goods,” CARB said in a statement.

Phase I of CARB’s Airborne Toxic Control Measure to Reduce Formaldehyde Emissions From Composite Wood Products regulation covers hardwood plywood with veneer core, hardwood plywood with composite core, particleboard, medium density fiberboard and thin MDF.

Products made from these materials made after January 1, 2009, are required to meet the new emission standards. Phase II of the emission standards goes into effect on January 1, 2010.