The Environmental Protection Agency has established Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to regulate the chemical emissions produced by three important composite wood products: hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard (MDF), and particle board. Read on to learn about Timber Products’ compliance with the latest EPA regulations and industry best practices.
We maintain an excellent reputation with state and federal agencies that oversee environmental issues. Our forest lands, managed by Michigan-California Timber Company, are SFI certified and are audited annually by PwC.
Timber Products has five manufacturing locations certified for both the EPA TSCA Title VI and CARB Phase 2: Particleboard facilities in Medford, Ore. and Ampine in Sutter Creek, Calif.; Hardwood Plywood facilities in Corinth, Miss., and two in Oregon located at Medford and Grants Pass. Our Spectrum facility is TSCA Title VI compliant.
The TSCA Title VI regulation recognizes CARB certifications until March 21, 2019; therefore our CARB Executive Orders are recognized as supporting certification documents for TSCA Title VI. All certificates are available in our Library, listed under our environmental certifications and certificates. Starting April 16, 2018, all Timber Products materials regulated by EPA TSCA Title VI and CARB Phase 2 are being labeled as certified or compliant, and compliance statements are listed on both order acknowledgments and invoices.
Effective June 1, 2018, Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act sets a new standard for allowable emissions from adhesives used in composite wood products. These national regulations align closely with the strict rules established by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). If wood products are already labelled as CARB Phase 2 compliant, the labelling will still be valid under TSCA Title VI regulations until March 22, 2019.
We prioritize sustainability throughout the manufacturing process, from harvesting raw materials all the way to producing finished panels. Our wood products already meet the TSCA Title VI chemical emissions standards, so our customers can rest assured that the panels we sell adhere to all applicable regulations. Timber Products will label all of its products by April 16, 2018, ahead of the compliance date of June 1, 2018, set by the EPA.
Although our hardwood plywood and composite panels are already Title VI compliant, we are committed to perpetually improving our sustainability efforts. Even before CARB enacted its Phase 2 standards in 2009, we made strides in minimizing harmful emissions to ensure high air quality, and we look forward to continuing to innovate towards a cleaner, greener future.
TSCA Title VI requires labeling on composite wood panels manufactured with adhesives containing formaldehyde and other chemicals that can emit harmful gasses, as well as finished goods made with these products. All applicable panels from Timber Products Company will be labeled to certify that they meet federal emissions standards.
With the implementation of the Title VI regulations, products do not have to be dual labeled. This means that if you are Title VI compliant, you are also CARB Phase 2 compliant. Read more about this announcement on the Air Resources Board website.
If your product is made with particle board, hardwood plywood, or medium density fiberboard, you must label it appropriately. If you’re not sure if your composite wood product is compliant for formaldehyde Phase 2, look for a label – it should include the fabricator’s name, date the material was produced, and language that indicates its compliance. The label may include text like “California Phase 2 Compliant” or “California 93120 Compliant for Formaldehyde.” If you’re not sure if your goods comply with CARB Phase 2, reach out to Timber Products to speak with an expert that will help determine what steps are next for your business.
To learn more about Title VI and how it affects you and the products we supply, speak to a Timber Products expert or see additional details from the EPA.