Congress Enacts New Formaldehyde Standards

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced that her legislation, the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Act, has passed the full House of Representatives. The bipartisan bill, introduced by Klobuchar and Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) last September, will establish national health standards for formaldehyde in composite wood products, protecting consumers from potentially hazardous levels of the chemical. The new standards would apply to both domestic products and foreign imports.  The bill will now be sent to President Obama to be signed into law. Under the proposed federal legislation, by January 1, 2013, these products sold in the U.S. would have to meet a formaldehyde emission standards of about 0.09 parts per million.