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Other compliance dates are not affected by the lawsuit and EPA’s April 4 notice.
The Standards implement Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
The Standards also crafted a two-year transition period for EPA’s recognition of certification by TPCs approved by CARB.
Asserting that regulated entities would need adequate time “to proceed with establishing business relationships with TPCs in order to certify composite wood products for use by downstream entities,” EPA proposed to extend the “manufactured-by” date and some other dates with a proposed rule and direct final rule on May 24, 2017 to “prevent substantial disruption to the supply chain.” EPA later received adverse comments on the action.
Panel producers, importers, fabricators of component parts and finished goods, laminators, distributors, and retailers are all subject to the Standards.
Separately, to facilitate the emission limit control, the Standards include accreditation and certification rules that apply to third-party certifiers (TPCs) and accreditation bodies, which certify the formaldehyde emissions from the products and accredit TPCs, respectively.
Title VI directed EPA to promulgate a federal regulation on formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products, using the CARB ATCM emissions limits.
Following some rulemaking delays, EPA proposed the Standards in 2013 and finalized them on December 12, 2016.
The court stayed its order and directed parties to propose a new compliance date by March 9, 2018.The December 2016 final Standards originally designated three compliance dates, on the first, second, and seventh anniversaries of the publication date of the Standards in the Federal Register.Panel producers, fabricators, importers, distributors, and retailers of composite wood products and finished goods made from those products were to become subject to the Standards beginning on a certain date, referred to as the “manufactured-by” date.In summary, the Standards impose emission limits for composite wood products in the form of panels or incorporated into component parts or finished goods.Along with the emission limits are a suite of supply chain obligations, including testing, certification, recordkeeping, reporting, labeling, non-complying lot notification and disposition, and others.