Wood Products Expert Witnesses & Formaldehyde Standards Act

Wood products expert witnesses may write reports and testify on pressed wood products, wood manufacturing, building materials, and more. The International Wood Products Association includes this press release on its website:

The International Wood Products Association (IWPA) welcomes legislation to set a national standard for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products. “Our members are meeting and exceeding the emission regulations already in place in the state of California. They welcome a nationwide standard to provide uniformity and predictability to the marketplace,” said Brent McClendon, executive vice president of the International Wood Products Association.

The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act (S. 1660) passed the House of Representatives on June 23, 2010 and is now bound for President Obama’s desk. The legislation directs the Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate regulations on emissions, labeling, and third-party testing, among other provisions.

“Product safety is a clear priority for the wood products industry. Our members who import composite wood products have a long history of meeting voluntary U.S. industry product emission standards and currently meet the emission levels and third-party certification requirements as described in Senate Bill 1660,” said McClendon.

“Imports of composite wood products are valued by U.S. manufacturers for their unique physical properties that are not found in domestic woods, which is why these products are only constructed overseas. U.S. manufacturers and distributors are especially concerned that these products remain available to the marketplace.