Good article explaining the new Formaldehyde rules, unfortunately, shortly after the rule was to take effect the EPA offered the industry a waver on complying with the rule, so we can all continue to wait for safer plywood, OSB and Structural laminated products.
Regardless of which party has been in power the EPA has a history of identifying health hazards then working with the industries involved to find solutions.
In the late 70’s high formaldehyde levels caused “Sick Building Syndrome”. The EPA encouraged the Wood Products Industry to seek alternatives to the urea formaldehyde adhesive in use. As a result the whole industry switched to phenolic formaldehyde adhesive reducing emissions to less than 1/100th of the old adhesive.
As buildings get tighter formaldehyde levels remain the biggest source of indoor air pollution so EPA worked for ten years with industry to find a solution which was to take effect on June 1 but the EPA issued a waver on the new rule.
Formaldehyde has been found to be carcinogenic, so the waver puts industry’s desire to keep doing business as usual ahead of the people whose lives are hurt by high formaldehyde levels.
The EPA should reconsider the waver on the new formaldehyde rule and resume their responsibility to protect the environment.