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EPA/OCSPP RIN: 2070-AK94 Publication ID: Fall 2022 
Title: Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products; Voluntary Consensus Standards Update 

On March 29, 2022, EPA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking addressing proposed updates to the references to the incorporation by reference of several voluntary consensus standards in the Agency’s formaldehyde standards for composite wood products regulations under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that have since been updated, superseded, or withdrawn by the issuing organizations. In addition, the proposed rule addresses remote inspections for third-party certifiers (TPCs) required to conduct on-site inspections in the event of unsafe conditions such as the on-going COVID-19 pandemic or other unsafe conditions such as natural disasters, outbreaks, political unrest, and epidemics. The proposed rule also addresses certain technical corrections and conforming changes including updating standards within the definitions section, clarifying language as it relates to production, and creating greater flexibilities for the third-party certification process. EPA issued a supplemental proposed rulemaking to provide public notice of two additional voluntary consensus standards that were recently updated but published after the close of the Agency's comment period for the proposed rule. In the supplemental proposed rule, EPA sought comments on the proposed inclusion of ANSI A208.1-2022 Particleboard and ANSI A208.2-2022 Medium Density Fiberboard to update the incorporation by reference of these two voluntary consensus standards in 40 CFR 770.99 to reflect the most recent editions. EPA is reviewing the public comments and intends to issue a final rule.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
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 U.S.C. 2697 Toxic Substances Control Act   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/29/2022  87 FR 17963   
Supplemental NPRM  09/20/2022  87 FR 57432   
Final Rule  12/00/2022 
Additional Information: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2017-0245
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Information URL:  
Sectors Affected: 3212 Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing; 321991 Manufactured Home (Mobile Home) Manufacturing; 321992 Prefabricated Wood Building Manufacturing; 336213 Motor Home Manufacturing; 336214 Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturing; 337 Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing; 423110 Automobile and Other Motor Vehicle Merchant Wholesalers; 42321 Furniture Merchant Wholesalers; 42331 Lumber, Plywood, Millwork, and Wood Panel Merchant Wholesalers; 423390 Other Construction Material Merchant Wholesalers; 441210 Recreational Vehicle Dealers; 4421 Furniture Stores; 4441 Building Material and Supplies Dealers; 45393 Manufactured (Mobile) Home Dealers; 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:
Jeffrey Putt
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 7404M,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-3703

Robert Courtnage
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 7404T,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-1081