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compwood -- Update on the Status of the Composite Wood Products ATCM Posted: 12 Oct 2007 16:27:43
This message is to provide you a brief update on the status of the regulatory activities of the Composite Wood Products Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM). We are currently working on the allowance of testing flexibility for manufacturers that use ultra low-emitting formaldehyde resins, the clarification of the definition of architectural plywood, and further modifications to the quality assurance requirements for manufacturers. Work is also underway to remove exemptions from the regulation concerning composite wood products that are used in new recreational vehicles, including motor homes and travel trailers. We expect to release the revisions to the regulation in early November for a 15-day comment period. The final rulemaking package will be submitted to the State Office of Administrative Law (OAL) by the end of the year. Upon approval by OAL, the regulation becomes California law. We are also mindful that our webpage needs revising. Upcoming improvements will include a new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, as well as a Third Party Certification page. A series of outreach efforts are underway. We plan to mail out an information package to Fabricators by mid-October. On November 1, 2007 (10-12pm, PST), the Air Resources Board (ARB) staff will hold a web-based meeting on Third Party Certification. The objective of the meeting is to discuss the responsibilities of Third Party Certifiers under the ATCM and examine the process of becoming a Third Party Certifier. The November 1, 2007 meeting is intended to specifically target certified testing facilities, and various laboratories that have expressed interest in becoming a Third Party Certifier. We intend to utilize public comments from the meeting to further develop our application process and review criteria for prospective Third Party Certifiers. The agenda for our web-based meeting can be found at the following link: http://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/compwood/implementation/webinaragenda.pdf; also, a call-in number will be provided for those wishing to participate. For more information please visit our website at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/compwood/compwood.htm or contact Angela Csondes, Air Pollution Specialist, at 916-445-4448 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your interest in the composite wood products rulemaking.