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compwood -- Change of sell-through date for manufactured homes

Posted: 25 Oct 2011 17:25:37
This note is to inform you that the California Air Resources
Board (ARB) staff has revised the enforcement of the sell-through
date that affects new (previously unsold) manufactured homes
(e.g., mobile homes) that contain pre-Phase 1 medium density
fiberboard (MDF) and/or thin MDF. 
 These homes may be sold for an unlimited period of time in 
California, as long as the MDF and/or thin MDF were produced
before January 1, 2009, and businesses provide information to
ARB, as described in Regulatory Advisory 11-02, which is posted
to our composite wood products website at:

The purpose of this change is to address excess inventories
within California of manufactured homes that contain pre-Phase 1
MDF and/or thin MDF.  These excess inventories are a result of
the economic downturn, which has led to slower sales than
expected in the manufactured homes industry.  

In April 2007, the Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) to
Reduce Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products was
approved by the Air Resources Board.  This ATCM establishes
formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood products,
including hardwood plywood, particleboard, MDF, and thin MDF. 
The ATCM also applies to finished goods that are made with
composite wood products.  For more information regarding this
ATCM, please see:

If you have questions about this advisory, please contact: 
Mr.Lynn Baker at (916) 324-6997, email lbaker@arb.ca.gov, or 
Ms. Angela Csondes at (916) 445-4448, email acsondes@arb.ca.gov. 

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