December 13, 2016
Woodworking Network (12/12) reports that “The federal regulation that definitively addresses formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products sold in the United States was published in the Federal Register on Dec. 12, 2016, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.” Read more…
August 2, 2016
Woodworking Network (7/29) reports that “Ecovative’s formula for biofabricating MycoBoard panels as an innovative alternative to the traditional manufacturing of particle board and other composite wood products” Read more…
July 28, 2016
Woodworking Network (7/27, Esler) reports that “the EPA moved to reduce exposure to formaldehyde vapors from laminate panel and engineered wood products produced domestically or imported into the United States.” Read more…
June 7, 2016
The Washington Post (6/7, Eilperin) reports the Senate on Tuesday evening, through a voice vote, “unanimously” passed legislation updating the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA, clearing the way for President Obama’s signature. Read more…
Sept 15, 2015
Members of the AWFS Public Policy Committee and two staff called on the offices of 16 legislators in Washington on September 15, to encourage support for Career Technical Education (CTE), federal formaldehyde legislation that is in sync with the California Air Resources Board and balanced decision making related to Combustible Dust. Read more…
AWFS® is dedicated to public policy efforts reflecting the specific interests of its members and those of the broader wood products manufacturing industry. Members of the AWFS Public Policy Committee stay abreast of emerging trends and take action to neutralize potential threats. The association is active at the state and federal level through participation in coalitions working on issues directly impacting wood products, such as formaldehyde regulations, and through an annual “Public Policy Fly-In” to Washington, D.C. Members meet with their representatives to advocate around issues that keep the U.S. manufacturing base strong and competitive and to express support for Career Technical Education programs and funding to ensure tomorrow’s workforce.
AWFS® has contracted with the firm, LobbyIt, a firm based out of Washington D.C., in order to establish and maintain relationships with Members of Congress, the Administration, the Department of Education and any other federal agency that will assist AWFS in achieving our goal of increasing awareness and funding levels for technical education, on a nation-wide basis. The AWFS Public Policy Committee has identified as the top issues to target: Combustible Dust and Formaldehyde regulations and Career Technical Education (CTE), the training of young people in the skilled trades to ensure the next generational workforce. Members can expect to hear periodic updates on CTE and other Public Policy initiatives throughout the year.
The Federal Wood Industries Coalition is a group of industry trade associations (including AWFS) working collaboratively with CARB and EPA to address language in the Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) related to formaldehyde emissions. They have drafted a letter with suggested changes to the measure as written so that no undue burden is placed on wood products manufacturers. The Composite Panel Association, who is taking the lead on it, has comprehensive information on their web site, including the letter and a listing of the associations in the coalition. Click here to view more information.
OSHA is in the process of preparing new regulations pertaining to combustible dust that will affect the wood products manufacturing industry. Woodworking is considered three-times riskier than other industries by insurers and going forward, combustible dust will likely be classified as a hazardous chemical. Companies should be well-informed, equipment compliant and appropriate for the size of operations and employees well-trained. For clear-cut information on combustible dust, click here.
Technology Transfer Network Air Toxics Website (EPA)
Rule & Implementation for Wood Furniture Manufacturing
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