MHARR: HUD Formaldehyde Rules should be Discarded

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports two rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as required by the 2010 Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act (the Act) would establish nationwide emissions standards for composite wood products, many of which are used in manufactured housing, and a third-party testing and certification system. The Act seeks federal adoption of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) formaldehyde emissions standards, the most restrictive in the nation, that would also raise the cost of composite wood products in all housing. Additionally, the Act directs the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to align its manufactured housing standards with the proposed final EPA standards, rendering unnecessary the existing HUD standards, which MHARR says should be repealed. MHProNews understands MHARR has supplied HUD with its comments.

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