Relevant for: Hardlines, Children's products
On 8 December 2017, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced withdrawal1 of the direct final rule2 published in the Federal Register of 25 October 2017. In that direct final rule, EPA proposed updates on several voluntary consensus standards listed at 40 CFR § 770.99 and incorporated by reference in the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products rule. Besides, that direct final rule corrects the rule at 40 CFR § 770.20(d) by allowing the formaldehyde emissions mill quality control test methods to correlate to either ASTM E1333-14 or, the less expensive ASTM D6007-14. As noted in that direct final rule, if EPA receives any adverse comment, the Agency will publish a withdrawal of the final rule informing the public about the fact that the aforementioned updates will not be implemented. As the Agency did receive adverse comments on the proposed rule amendments, and hence is withdrawing them.
The 25 October updates will originally take effect on 11 December 2017. But now their withdrawal has been effective starting from 8 December 2017 and the updates will hence not take effect anymore.
EPA will proceed with a final rule based on the proposed rule after considering all public comments.