Make no mistake, regulations impacting the wood products industry are changing. "When and how" remain the question. The Trump administration is adjusting timelines to long-awaited standards and encouraging new reviews of existing regulations. The latest changes to impact your products and how they get to you are the following:
Formaldehyde Emissions Standards Compliance Gains More Time
In May, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a rule extending the dates by which wood product suppliers must comply with updated formaldehyde emissions standards laid out in the Toxic Substances Control Act's (TSCA) Title VI. Companies now have until December 12, 2018, to meet new emission standards, record keeping, and labeling provisions. The new date to meet import certification provisions is March 22, 2019, and laminated product producers have until March 22, 2024.
Vehicle Emissions Standards Get a Second Look
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the EPA were to set new limits on fuel emissions from medium- and heavy-duty vehicles beginning with vehicles in the 2018 model year. In March, President Trump ordered a review of the standards to reevaluate the impact on automakers. However, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted to implement the strict vehicle emissions standards, so you can expect TP Trucking to deliver sustainable products using vehicles that meet and exceed the nation’s toughest emissions standards.
Truck Drivers Mandated to Put Their Health Before Their Load
When government research revealed that 4% of commercial driver's license (CDL) holders were eligible for disability benefits, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) began reforming its medical rules. Today, there are tougher regulations on which doctors can perform CDL medical exams. Failing an exam puts an end to the job, meaning TP Trucking’s drivers must put wellness first. We’d have it no other way.
Rest assured—whenever there is a change to anything related to the EPA, CARB, NHTSA, and other local, state, or federal regulations, we will work to keep our products and services beyond compliant and be here to keep you up to date! You can find out more on our blog.