Relevant for: Hardlines, Children's products
On 25 October 2017, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a direct final rule on a revision1 to the formaldehyde standards for composite wood products final rule2. The revision includes updating of various voluntary consensus standards that have been updated, superseded, or withdrawn since publication of the notices of proposed rulemaking on June 10, 2013. See Table 1 for the updates.
Additionally, this direct final rule corrects the rule at 40 CFR § 770.20(d) by allowing the formaldehyde emissions mill quality control test methods to correlate to either ASTM E1333-14 or, the less expensive ASTM D6007-14. The correction aligns the mill quality control testing requirements with the California Air Resources Board standards allowing mill quality control tests to be correlated to ASTM D6007-14.
Table 1 — Voluntary Consensus Standards Comparison
|Current standard established by final rule (81 FR 89674)||Status of current standard||Updated standard|
|ANSI/AITC A190.1-2002||Version outdated||ANSI A190.1-2017|
|ANSI A208.1-2009||Version outdated||ANSI A208.1-2016|
|ANSI A208.2-2009||Version outdated||ANSI A208.2-2016|
|ANSI-HPVA HP-1-2009||Version outdated||ANSI-HPVA HP-1-2016|
|ASTM D5055-05 ||Version outdated||ASTM D5055-16|
|ASTM D5456-06||Version outdated||ASTM D5456-14b|
|ASTM D5582-00||Version outdated||ASTM D5582-14|
|ASTM D6007-02||Version outdated||ASTM D6007-14|
|ASTM E1333-10||Version outdated||ASTM E1333-14|
|BS EN 717-2: 1995||Withdrawn, superseded by BS EN ISO 12460-3:2015||BS EN ISO 12460-3:2015|
|BS EN 120: 1992||Withdrawn, superseded by BS EN ISO 12460-5:2015||BS EN ISO 12460-5:2015|
|JIS A1460:2001(E)||Version outdated||JIS A1460:2015|
The above updates will take effect on 11 December 2017 unless EPA receives relevant adverse comment by 9 November 2017. If EPA receives adverse comment, the Agency will publish a withdrawal of the rule in the Federal Register.