U.S. Set to Approve Formaldehyde Standards

Would regulate chemical's use in furniture, other products

Furniture Today, June 24, 2010

WASHINGTON — With passage Wednesday by the U.S. House, the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Act appears headed for adoption.The bill, passed by the Senate earlier this month, would establish the first national standards for formaldehyde in composite panel. It would be similar to the standards already in place in California.
The legislation will now head to the president to be signed into law. He is expected to do so next Tuesday or Wednesday.
The bill is intended to protect consumers from hazardous levels of formaldehyde, used as a chemical bonding agent in composite panel. It would apply to domestic and foreign-made products, according to one of the bill's sponsors, Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho.

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