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compwood -- Composite Wood Products ATCM Public Workshop on March 18, 2014

Posted: 21 Feb 2014 13:52:35
The Air Resources Board (ARB) staff invites you to participate in
a public workshop to continue discussion on proposed amendments
to the Composite Wood Products Airborne Toxic Control Measure
(ATCM). At the workshop, ARB staff will discuss proposed
regulatory amendments to the ATCM and will follow up on key
topics presented in the November 20, 2013 public workshop,
including laminated products, definition of hardboard, third
party certification requirements, and labeling requirements.  

As indicated in previous workshop notices, amendments are being
proposed to improve the ATCM and to further align the ATCM with
proposed United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA)
regulations to the extent practicable.  ARB staff is pleased to
inform you that U.S. EPA representatives have agreed to
participate in this workshop.  We welcome your participation in
this workshop.

The workshop will be held at the following time and location:

	Date: 		March 18, 2014
	Time: 		9:30 am to 12:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) 
	Location:  	Sierra Hearing Room
	Address:  	Cal/EPA Headquarters Building 
			1001 “I” Street, 2nd Floor
			Sacramento, California 95814

The workshop notice and preliminary agenda can be found at:

Workshop documents including the draft proposed amendments to the
ATCM in strikeout/underline format and presentation will be
posted as they become available and will be posted on the
Composite Wood Products ATCM website at the following link:

For those unable to attend in person, this workshop will be
webcast.  Webcast links are posted at:
http://www.calepa.ca.gov/broadcast.  Questions and comments can
be submitted during the workshop at: sierrarm@calepa.ca.gov. 
There is no registration required to participate in person or via

The California ATCM was adopted by the ARB in 2008.  The ATCM to
Reduce Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products
establishes formaldehyde emission standards for composite wood
products, including hardwood plywood-veneer core (HWPW-VC),
hardwood plywood-composite core (HWPW-CC), particleboard (PB),
medium density fiberboard (MDF), and thin MDF.  The ATCM also
applies to finished goods that are made with composite wood
products.  The ATCM applies to panels and finished goods that are
sold, supplied, offered for sale, used, or manufactured for sale
in California.  Businesses required to comply with the ATCM are:
manufacturers, distributors, importers, fabricators, and
retailers of composite wood products and finished goods that
contain these products.  Implementation of the ATCM is well
underway, and the program is now firmly established.  Both the
Phase 1 and Phase 2 formaldehyde emission standards have been
implemented.  Implementation of the Composite Wood Products ATCM
is helping to reduce the public’s exposure to formaldehyde, which
has been identified as a toxic air contaminant.  For additional
information please visit the Composite Wood Products ATCM website
at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/compwood/compwood.htm.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Angela Csondes, Air
Pollution Specialist at (916) 445-4448 or via e-mail at

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