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EPA/OCSPP RIN: 2070-AJ44 Publication ID: Spring 2014 
Title: Formaldehyde; Third-Party Certification Framework for the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products 
Abstract: On July 7, 2010, the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act was enacted as title VI of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), 15 U.S.C. 2697, to establish specific formaldehyde emission limits for hardwood plywood, particleboard, and medium-density fiberboard, which are identical to the California emission limits for these products. On June 10, 2013, EPA issued a proposed rule under TSCA title VI to establish a framework for a TSCA title VI Third-Party Certification Program whereby third-party certifiers (TPCs) are accredited by accreditation bodies (ABs) so that they may certify composite wood product panel producers under TSCA title VI. The proposed rule identifies the roles and responsibilities of the groups involved in the TPC process (EPA, ABs, and TPCs), as well as the criteria for participation in the program. This proposal contains general requirements for TPCs, such as conducting and verifying formaldehyde emission tests, inspecting and auditing panel producers, and ensuring that panel producers' quality assurance and quality control procedures comply with the regulations set forth in the proposed rule. A separate Regulatory Agenda entry (RIN 2070-AJ92) covers the other proposed regulation to implement the statutory formaldehyde emission standards for hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard sold, supplied, offered for sale, or manufactured (including imported) in the United States. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 770   
Legal Authority: 15 USC 2697    TSCA sec 601   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Deadline for promulgation of regulations, per 15 USC 2697(d).  01/01/2013 
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  12/03/2008  73 FR 73620   
ANPRM Comment Period End  01/30/2009  74 FR 5632   
NPRM  06/10/2013  78 FR 34795   
NPRM Comment Period End  07/23/2013  78 FR 44090   
Final Rule  10/00/2014 
Additional Information: Docket #:ANPRM stage: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2008-0627; NPRM Stage: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-0380.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-0380-0001  
Sectors Affected: 3212 Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing; 321219 Reconstituted Wood Product Manufacturing; 541330 Engineering Services; 541380 Testing Laboratories; 541611 Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services; 541990 All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services; 561990 All Other Support Services; 813910 Business Associations; 813920 Professional Organizations 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Robert Courtnage
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-1081

Toiya Goodlow
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
7404T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-2305

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