29 May '13, 6pm

EPA Proposes Rules to Protect Americans from Formaldehyde Exposure via @edcmagazine

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed two rules to help protect Americans from exposure to the harmful chemical formaldehyde, consistent with a federal law unanimously passed by Congress in 2010. These rules ensure that composite wood products produced domestically or imported into the United States meet the formaldehyde emission standards established by Congress. Formaldehyde is used in adhesives to make a wide range of building materials and products. Exposure to formaldehyde can cause adverse public health effects including eye, nose and throat irritation, other respiratory symptoms and, in certain cases, cancer. “The proposed regulations announced reflect EPA’s continued efforts to protect the public from exposure to harmful chemicals in their daily lives,” said James J. Jones, EPA’s acting assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and...

Full article: http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95089-epa-proposes-rules-t...

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