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compwood -- Important Reminder - Composite Wood Products ATCM

Posted: 23 May 2014 11:26:55
Over the past two years, staff of the Air Resources Board
(ARB/Board) released preliminary drafts and held workshops
regarding proposed amendments to the airborne toxic control
measure (ATCM) to reduce formaldehyde emissions from composite
wood products. We want to emphasize that at this stage in our
process, our proposed amendments are draft and are not finalized.
 Any proposed amendments will be not be legally effective until
considered and approved by our Board and subsequent review and
approval by the California Office of Administrative Law.  This is
not expected to happen until sometime in 2015.  It is important
that anyone subject to the requirements in the ATCM continue to
follow the current adopted regulatory requirements that can be
found at
http://www.arb.ca.gov/regact/2007/compwood07/fro-final.pdf.

As you may also be aware, in 2013 the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a federal regulation of
composite wood products.  We are in regular communication with
EPA staff and understand that EPA hopes to finalize their
regulation by the end of 2014.  The EPA regulation will take
effect one year after it is finalized.  ARB staff is working with
EPA staff in an attempt to harmonize ARBís ATCM and the federal
regulation to the extent possible, to minimize differences
between the two regulations.  ARB staff will likely wait until
EPAís regulation is finalized before we present proposed
amendments to our Board for their consideration and approval.

If you have questions regarding our proposed amendments, please
contact Mr. Lynn Baker at (916) 324-6997 or email
lbaker@arb.ca.gov, or Ms. Angela Csondes at (916) 445-4448 or
email acsondes@arb.ca.gov.
         



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