On May 9 members of the National Association of Home Builders met with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget over its concerns with the EPA’s newest Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products rule.

Currently in review, the rule establishes: formaldehyde emissions standards, product testing, and product tracking requirements for composite wood products. The NAHB is calling for more clarity on the rule and urged OMB to make the final rule define key terms.

In a blog post, the NAHB wrote:

NAHB urged OMB to make sure that the final rule defines key terms like “major modification” and simplifies and clarifies potentially burdensome, duplicative reporting and record keeping requirements resulting from the language in the proposed rule.

NAHB also reminded OMB that the statute required EPA to include certain undefined exemptions, which are missing from the proposed rule. Depending on how they’re defined, these exemptions could keep at least some builders and remodelers from being subject to the rule.

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