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WASHINGTON (March 1, 2015) - The American Chemistry Council's  Formaldehyde Panel released the following statement today in response to recent news coverage about imported wood flooring being sold in U.S. stores containing amounts of formaldehyde that exceed regulatory standards.

"Over the course of several decades, the formaldehyde industry has made tremendous strides in developing products to meet performance requirements set by customers and regulatory bodies to reduce formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products. These efforts have led to the development of resin technologies, including ultra-low emitting formaldehyde resins that are capable of reducing potential emissions to remarkably low levels. These resin systems meet or exceed technical performance requirements for a wide-range of composite wood products, while also ensuring compliance with current performance-based emissions standards-specifically the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) standards.

"Consistent with our commitment to continued safe use of formaldehyde, we support enforcement of the CARB ATCM and urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to quickly finalize its draft national standard in a way that is consistent with the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act and CARB's regulations. Implementing CARB's regulations on a national level will create consistent-and stringent-formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood products sold in the U.S."

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