Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products; Notice of Public Meeting and Reopening of Comment Period, 19305-19307 [2014-07696]

Download as PDF 19305 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 67 / Tuesday, April 8, 2014 / Proposed Rules TABLE TO § 165.173—Continued 5.1 RI National Guard Air Show. 6.0 • Event Type: Air Show. • Date: One weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) in May, June, or July, as announced in the local Notice to Mariners. • Time: Approximately 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. • Location: (1) All waters over the West Passage of Narragansett Bay, in the vicinity of the Quonset State Airport, North Kingston, RI which are within a 4000-yard radius arc extending from position 41°35′44″ N, 071°24′14″ W (NAD 83); and (2) All waters over the West Passage of Narragansett Bay, in the vicinity of Narragansett Pier, Narragansett, RI, which are within a 2000-yard radius arc extending from position 41°26′17″ N, 071°27′02″ W (NAD 83) (Friday only). • Safety Zone Dimension: Approximately 1000 yards long by 1000 yards wide. JUNE * 6.2 Swim Buzzards Bay. * * * • Event Type: Swim Event. * * [FR Doc. 2014–07833 Filed 4–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 770 [EPA–HQ–OPPT–2012–0018; FRL–9909–05] RIN 2070–AJ92 Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products; Notice of Public Meeting and Reopening of Comment Period Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Proposed rule; notice of meeting and reopening of comment period. AGENCY: On June 10, 2013, EPA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register entitled ‘‘Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products.’’ This document announces a public meeting for April 28, 2014, and reopens the comment period for the June 10, 2013 Federal Register document for 30 days to allow additional comments to be submitted by the public. Information obtained at the public meeting and during the comment period will be considered by the Agency when preparing the final regulations implementing the formaldehyde SUMMARY: rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS * * * • Date: One Saturday or Sunday in June, July, or August, as announced in the local Notice to Mariners. • Location: The regulated area includes all waters in the vicinity of the Outer New Bedford Harbor, within 500 yards along a centerline with an approximate start point of 41°36′35″ N, 070°54′18″ W (NAD 83) and an approximate end point of 41°37′26″ N, 070°53′48″ W (NAD 83) at Davy’s Locker Restaurant in New Bedford, MA, to Fort Phoenix Beach in Fairhaven, MA. • Safety Zone Dimension: 500 yards on either side of the centerline described above. Dated: March 5, 2014. J.T. Kondratowicz, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Southeastern New England. VerDate Mar<15>2010 * 15:28 Apr 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 * * emission standards. In particular, EPA is requesting information related to the treatment of laminated products under the proposed regulations. DATES: For the proposed rule published June 10, 2013 (78 FR 34820), comments must be received on or before May 8, 2014. The meeting will be held on April 28, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Requests to participate in the meeting must be received on or before April 21, 2014. Registered participants, if presenting at the meeting, must request to be scheduled to present on or before April 21, 2014. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, preferably by April 21, 2014, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request. ADDRESSES: For submission of comments, follow the detailed instructions provided under ADDRESSES in the Federal Register document of June 10, 2013 (78 FR 34820) (FRL– 9342–3). The meeting will be held at in the East William Jefferson Clinton Bldg., Rm. 1153, 1201 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. Submit requests to participate in the meeting, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ– OPPT–2012–0018, to the technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Upon request, a teleconferencing number will be provided for those who wish to attend the meeting remotely. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 * * Submit requests to schedule a presentation at the meeting, identified by docket ID number EPA–HQ–OPPT– 2012–0018, to the technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. For technical information contact: Sara Kemme, National Program Chemicals Division (7404T), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: (202) 566–0511; email address: kemme.sara@epa.gov. For general information contact: The TSCA-Hotline, ABVI-Goodwill, 422 South Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14620; telephone number: (202) 554– 1404; email address: TSCA-Hotline@ epa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. Does this action apply to me? You may be potentially affected by this action if you manufacture (including import), purchase, or sell composite wood products. You may also be affected if you manufacture (including import), purchase, or sell finished goods or component parts that contain composite wood products. The following list of North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather provides a guide to help readers determine whether this document applies to them. Potentially affected entities may include: E:\FR\FM\08APP1.SGM 08APP1 19306 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 67 / Tuesday, April 8, 2014 / Proposed Rules rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS • Furniture and related product manufacturing (NAICS code 337). • Veneer, plywood, and engineered wood product manufacturing (NAICS code 3212). • Plastics material and resin manufacturing (NAICS code 325211). • Furniture merchant wholesalers (NAICS code 42321). • Lumber, plywood, millwork, and wood panel merchant wholesalers (NAICS code 42331). • Other construction material merchant wholesalers (NAICS code 423390), e.g., merchant wholesale distributors of manufactured homes (i.e., mobile homes) and/or prefabricated buildings. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. B. What should I consider as I prepare my comments for EPA? 1. Submitting Confidential Business Information (CBI). Do not submit this information to EPA through regulations.gov or email. Clearly mark the part or all of the information that you claim to be CBI. For CBI information in a disk or CD–ROM that you mail to EPA, mark the outside of the disk or CD–ROM as CBI and then identify electronically within the disk or CD–ROM the specific information that is claimed as CBI. In addition to one complete version of the comment that includes information claimed as CBI, a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the public docket. Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2. 2. Tips for preparing your comments. When submitting comments, remember to: i. Identify the document by docket ID number and other identifying information (subject heading, Federal Register date and page number). ii. Follow directions. The Agency may ask you to respond to specific questions or organize comments by referencing a Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part or section number. iii. Explain why you agree or disagree; suggest alternatives and substitute language for your requested changes. iv. Describe any assumptions and provide any technical information and/ or data that you used. v. If you estimate potential costs or burdens, explain how you arrived at your estimate in sufficient detail to allow for it to be reproduced. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:28 Apr 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 vi. Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns and suggest alternatives. vii. Explain your views as clearly as possible, avoiding the use of profanity or personal threats. viii. Make sure to submit your comments by the comment period deadline identified. C. Are there requirements for meeting presentations? To ensure that all interested parties will have an opportunity to comment in the allotted time, oral presentations or statements will be limited to 10 minutes. EPA, therefore, recommends that stakeholders who present oral comments also submit written comments following the instructions provided under ADDRESSES. D. What is the Agency’s authority for taking this action? This document is being developed under the authority of section 601 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), 15 U.S.C. 2697. II. Background On June 10, 2013, EPA published a NPRM in the Federal Register entitled ‘‘Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products’’ (Ref. 1). After two extensions, the comment period for the NPRM closed on October 9, 2013 (Ref. 2). After the closing of the comment period, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) provided additional documents that EPA wishes to consider in developing the final regulation (Refs. 3 and 4). EPA is especially interested in CARB’s potential modifications to its Airborne Toxics Control Measure to Reduce Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products to address laminated products (Ref. 3). EPA received public comments on the treatment of laminated products, including several comments that suggested laminated products should be exempted from the definition of hardwood plywood or, if not, they should not be held to the same testing requirements as hardwood plywood. CARB suggested that laminated products be held to an emission standard, but that there should be no required emissions testing (Ref. 3). Some commenters suggested EPA should consider self-certification for smaller companies (Ref. 5). One of these commenters suggested excluding small companies that produce less than 100,000 square feet per year from the testing and certification requirements (Ref. 5). Another commenter, noting that the proposed definition of laminated PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 product is limited to products made with particleboard, medium-density fiberboard, or veneer cores, suggested a reduced testing frequency coupled with third-party certifier oversight for all laminated product producers and for all similar products, regardless of core type (Ref. 6). Other commenters suggested that it is appropriate to reduce the testing frequency by limiting the required testing to annual testing (Ref. 7) and require laminated product producers to test only their highest emitting product (Ref. 8). EPA has also received input on the appropriate emission standard, if any, for laminated products. One commenter suggested that, because hardwood plywood is indistinguishable from laminated products, the hardwood plywood emission standard is appropriate (Ref. 6). CARB suggested that laminated product producers could be expected to meet an emission standard identical to the thin mediumdensity fiberboard standard (Ref. 3). Another commenter suggested the particleboard emission standard is the most appropriate standard for laminated products (Ref. 9). Another commenter, while not suggesting a specific emission standard, noted that, in many cases, laminated products are intermediate products that are not offered for sale, and stated that EPA’s proposal ‘‘gives no credit or recognition to the significant reduction in emissions when a product is laminated and finished’’ (Ref. 10). The Agency is seeking additional public input related to laminated products. The purpose of this meeting and the reopening of the comment period is to facilitate additional public input regarding potential modifications to EPA’s proposed treatment of laminated products under the proposed regulation, including options based on the ideas raised in the comments discussed in this unit. With respect to the treatment of laminated products, EPA is considering one, or a combination of, the following: CARB’s latest proposal (Ref. 1); a reduced testing program for laminated products, a selfcertification program for laminated products, an exemption of laminated products from the definition of ‘‘hardwood plywood’’; or an exemption from testing and certification requirements for all laminated products or just those made by a low-volume producer. EPA requests comment and information on what an appropriate production volume threshold for testing and certification might be. EPA is also considering whether third-party certification should be required for laminated products if emission testing for these products is required; what E:\FR\FM\08APP1.SGM 08APP1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 67 / Tuesday, April 8, 2014 / Proposed Rules Executive Officer, Woodcraft Industries, Inc. (EPA–HQ–OPPT–2012–0018–0590). 8. Comment submitted by Mike Zimmerman, Laboratory Manager, Sauder Woodworking Corporation (EPA–HQ– OPPT–2012–0018–0566). ¨ 9. Comment submitted by Magnus Bjork, Compliance Development Specialist, IKEA Trading Operations on behalf of IKEA of Sweden (EPA–HQ–OPPT–2012– 0018–0530). 10. Comment submitted by Bill Perdue, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, American Home Furnishings Alliance (EPA–HQ–OPPT–2012–0018–0562). III. References A docket has been established for this document under docket ID number EPA–HQ–OPPT–2012–0018. The following is a list of the documents that are specifically referenced in this document. The docket includes these documents and other information including documents that are referenced within the documents that are included in the docket, even if the referenced document is not physically located in the docket. For assistance in locating these other documents, please consult the technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS emission standard, if any, would be appropriate for laminated products; and whether laminated products should be grouped for testing purposes. EPA is also requesting comment on associated definitional changes, including those in CARB’s latest proposal, and other potential changes to the definition of ‘‘laminated product’’ (Ref. 3), such as expanding the eligible platforms to cover the cores identified in the definition of ‘‘hardwood plywood’’ (Ref. 4). EPA is reopening the comment period for the June 10, 2013 Federal Register document to allow interested parties to submit additional relevant information before or after the public meeting. The reopened comment period will stay open through the public meeting on April 28, 2014, and continue to remain open until May 8, 2014 to accommodate written follow-up comments that participants or the general public wish to submit after the public meeting. Comments will be accepted regardless of whether the submitter participates in the public meeting. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR 1. Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products (78 FR 34820, June 10, 2013) (FRL–9342–3). 2. Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products; Extension of Comment Period (78 FR 51695, August 21, 2013) (FRL–9397–2). 3. CARB. Staff Proposal, Alternate Regulatory Approach for Laminated Products Made with Wood Veneer. March 13, 2014. 4. CARB. Preliminary Draft, Amended Final Regulation Order. March 17, 2014. 5. Comment submitted by Joseph H. DuPree, Jr., Chief Operating Officer, Custom Wholesale Floors, Inc. (EPA–HQ–OPPT– 2012–0018–0541). 6. Comment submitted by Kip Howlett, President, Brian Sause, Director of Testing, Certification and Standards, and Josh Hosen, Manager of Certification Services, Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association (EPA–HQ–OPPT– 2012–0018–0571). 7. Comment submitted by John Goebel, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Contours, Inc. and John Fitzpatrick, Chief VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:28 Apr 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 770 Environmental protection, Composite wood, Formaldehyde, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Toxic substances, Wood. Dated: March 28, 2014. James Jones, Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. 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(2) By hard copy: Submit comments on the critical habitat proposal and associated draft economic analysis and draft environmental assessment by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R2– ES–2013–0014; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042–PDM; Arlington, VA 22203. We request that you send comments only by the methods described above. We will post all comments on http:// www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Public Comments section below for more information). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wally ‘‘J’’ Murphy, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, New Mexico Ecological Services Field Office, 2105 Osuna NE., Albuquerque, NM 87113; by telephone 505–346–2525; or by facsimile 505–346–2542. 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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 770

[EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0018; FRL-9909-05]
 RIN 2070-AJ92


Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products; 
Notice of Public Meeting and Reopening of Comment Period

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Proposed rule; notice of meeting and reopening of comment 
period.

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SUMMARY: On June 10, 2013, EPA published a notice of proposed 
rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register entitled ``Formaldehyde 
Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products.'' This document 
announces a public meeting for April 28, 2014, and reopens the comment 
period for the June 10, 2013 Federal Register document for 30 days to 
allow additional comments to be submitted by the public. Information 
obtained at the public meeting and during the comment period will be 
considered by the Agency when preparing the final regulations 
implementing the formaldehyde emission standards. In particular, EPA is 
requesting information related to the treatment of laminated products 
under the proposed regulations.

DATES: For the proposed rule published June 10, 2013 (78 FR 34820), 
comments must be received on or before May 8, 2014.
    The meeting will be held on April 28, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 
p.m.
    Requests to participate in the meeting must be received on or 
before April 21, 2014.
    Registered participants, if presenting at the meeting, must request 
to be scheduled to present on or before April 21, 2014.
    To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the 
technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, 
preferably by April 21, 2014, to give EPA as much time as possible to 
process your request.

ADDRESSES: For submission of comments, follow the detailed instructions 
provided under ADDRESSES in the Federal Register document of June 10, 
2013 (78 FR 34820) (FRL-9342-3).
    The meeting will be held at in the East William Jefferson Clinton 
Bldg., Rm. 1153, 1201 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC.
    Submit requests to participate in the meeting, identified by docket 
identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0018, to the technical 
person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Upon request, a 
teleconferencing number will be provided for those who wish to attend 
the meeting remotely.
    Submit requests to schedule a presentation at the meeting, 
identified by docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0018, to the technical 
person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical information contact: 
Sara Kemme, National Program Chemicals Division (7404T), Office of 
Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: 
(202) 566-0511; email address: kemme.sara@epa.gov.
    For general information contact: The TSCA-Hotline, ABVI-Goodwill, 
422 South Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14620; telephone number: (202) 
554-1404; email address: TSCA-Hotline@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

A. Does this action apply to me?

    You may be potentially affected by this action if you manufacture 
(including import), purchase, or sell composite wood products. You may 
also be affected if you manufacture (including import), purchase, or 
sell finished goods or component parts that contain composite wood 
products. The following list of North American Industrial 
Classification System (NAICS) codes is not intended to be exhaustive, 
but rather provides a guide to help readers determine whether this 
document applies to them. Potentially affected entities may include:

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     Furniture and related product manufacturing (NAICS code 
337).
     Veneer, plywood, and engineered wood product manufacturing 
(NAICS code 3212).
     Plastics material and resin manufacturing (NAICS code 
325211).
     Furniture merchant wholesalers (NAICS code 42321).
     Lumber, plywood, millwork, and wood panel merchant 
wholesalers (NAICS code 42331).
     Other construction material merchant wholesalers (NAICS 
code 423390), e.g., merchant wholesale distributors of manufactured 
homes (i.e., mobile homes) and/or prefabricated buildings.
    If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this 
action to a particular entity, consult the technical person listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

B. What should I consider as I prepare my comments for EPA?

    1. Submitting Confidential Business Information (CBI). Do not 
submit this information to EPA through regulations.gov or email. 
Clearly mark the part or all of the information that you claim to be 
CBI. For CBI information in a disk or CD-ROM that you mail to EPA, mark 
the outside of the disk or CD-ROM as CBI and then identify 
electronically within the disk or CD-ROM the specific information that 
is claimed as CBI. In addition to one complete version of the comment 
that includes information claimed as CBI, a copy of the comment that 
does not contain the information claimed as CBI must be submitted for 
inclusion in the public docket. Information so marked will not be 
disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 
2.
    2. Tips for preparing your comments. When submitting comments, 
remember to:
    i. Identify the document by docket ID number and other identifying 
information (subject heading, Federal Register date and page number).
    ii. Follow directions. The Agency may ask you to respond to 
specific questions or organize comments by referencing a Code of 
Federal Regulations (CFR) part or section number.
    iii. Explain why you agree or disagree; suggest alternatives and 
substitute language for your requested changes.
    iv. Describe any assumptions and provide any technical information 
and/or data that you used.
    v. If you estimate potential costs or burdens, explain how you 
arrived at your estimate in sufficient detail to allow for it to be 
reproduced.
    vi. Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns and 
suggest alternatives.
    vii. Explain your views as clearly as possible, avoiding the use of 
profanity or personal threats.
    viii. Make sure to submit your comments by the comment period 
deadline identified.

C. Are there requirements for meeting presentations?

    To ensure that all interested parties will have an opportunity to 
comment in the allotted time, oral presentations or statements will be 
limited to 10 minutes. EPA, therefore, recommends that stakeholders who 
present oral comments also submit written comments following the 
instructions provided under ADDRESSES.

D. What is the Agency's authority for taking this action?

    This document is being developed under the authority of section 601 
of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), 15 U.S.C. 2697.

II. Background

    On June 10, 2013, EPA published a NPRM in the Federal Register 
entitled ``Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood 
Products'' (Ref. 1). After two extensions, the comment period for the 
NPRM closed on October 9, 2013 (Ref. 2). After the closing of the 
comment period, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) provided 
additional documents that EPA wishes to consider in developing the 
final regulation (Refs. 3 and 4). EPA is especially interested in 
CARB's potential modifications to its Airborne Toxics Control Measure 
to Reduce Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products to 
address laminated products (Ref. 3).
    EPA received public comments on the treatment of laminated 
products, including several comments that suggested laminated products 
should be exempted from the definition of hardwood plywood or, if not, 
they should not be held to the same testing requirements as hardwood 
plywood. CARB suggested that laminated products be held to an emission 
standard, but that there should be no required emissions testing (Ref. 
3). Some commenters suggested EPA should consider self-certification 
for smaller companies (Ref. 5). One of these commenters suggested 
excluding small companies that produce less than 100,000 square feet 
per year from the testing and certification requirements (Ref. 5). 
Another commenter, noting that the proposed definition of laminated 
product is limited to products made with particleboard, medium-density 
fiberboard, or veneer cores, suggested a reduced testing frequency 
coupled with third-party certifier oversight for all laminated product 
producers and for all similar products, regardless of core type (Ref. 
6). Other commenters suggested that it is appropriate to reduce the 
testing frequency by limiting the required testing to annual testing 
(Ref. 7) and require laminated product producers to test only their 
highest emitting product (Ref. 8).
    EPA has also received input on the appropriate emission standard, 
if any, for laminated products. One commenter suggested that, because 
hardwood plywood is indistinguishable from laminated products, the 
hardwood plywood emission standard is appropriate (Ref. 6). CARB 
suggested that laminated product producers could be expected to meet an 
emission standard identical to the thin medium-density fiberboard 
standard (Ref. 3). Another commenter suggested the particleboard 
emission standard is the most appropriate standard for laminated 
products (Ref. 9). Another commenter, while not suggesting a specific 
emission standard, noted that, in many cases, laminated products are 
intermediate products that are not offered for sale, and stated that 
EPA's proposal ``gives no credit or recognition to the significant 
reduction in emissions when a product is laminated and finished'' (Ref. 
10).
    The Agency is seeking additional public input related to laminated 
products. The purpose of this meeting and the reopening of the comment 
period is to facilitate additional public input regarding potential 
modifications to EPA's proposed treatment of laminated products under 
the proposed regulation, including options based on the ideas raised in 
the comments discussed in this unit. With respect to the treatment of 
laminated products, EPA is considering one, or a combination of, the 
following: CARB's latest proposal (Ref. 1); a reduced testing program 
for laminated products, a self-certification program for laminated 
products, an exemption of laminated products from the definition of 
``hardwood plywood''; or an exemption from testing and certification 
requirements for all laminated products or just those made by a low-
volume producer. EPA requests comment and information on what an 
appropriate production volume threshold for testing and certification 
might be. EPA is also considering whether third-party certification 
should be required for laminated products if emission testing for these 
products is required; what

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emission standard, if any, would be appropriate for laminated products; 
and whether laminated products should be grouped for testing purposes. 
EPA is also requesting comment on associated definitional changes, 
including those in CARB's latest proposal, and other potential changes 
to the definition of ``laminated product'' (Ref. 3), such as expanding 
the eligible platforms to cover the cores identified in the definition 
of ``hardwood plywood'' (Ref. 4).
    EPA is reopening the comment period for the June 10, 2013 Federal 
Register document to allow interested parties to submit additional 
relevant information before or after the public meeting. The reopened 
comment period will stay open through the public meeting on April 28, 
2014, and continue to remain open until May 8, 2014 to accommodate 
written follow-up comments that participants or the general public wish 
to submit after the public meeting. Comments will be accepted 
regardless of whether the submitter participates in the public meeting.

III. References

    A docket has been established for this document under docket ID 
number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0018. The following is a list of the documents 
that are specifically referenced in this document. The docket includes 
these documents and other information including documents that are 
referenced within the documents that are included in the docket, even 
if the referenced document is not physically located in the docket. For 
assistance in locating these other documents, please consult the 
technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

1. Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products (78 
FR 34820, June 10, 2013) (FRL-9342-3).
2. Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products; 
Extension of Comment Period (78 FR 51695, August 21, 2013) (FRL-
9397-2).
3. CARB. Staff Proposal, Alternate Regulatory Approach for Laminated 
Products Made with Wood Veneer. March 13, 2014.
4. CARB. Preliminary Draft, Amended Final Regulation Order. March 
17, 2014.
5. Comment submitted by Joseph H. DuPree, Jr., Chief Operating 
Officer, Custom Wholesale Floors, Inc. (EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0018-0541).
6. Comment submitted by Kip Howlett, President, Brian Sause, 
Director of Testing, Certification and Standards, and Josh Hosen, 
Manager of Certification Services, Hardwood Plywood and Veneer 
Association (EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0018-0571).
7. Comment submitted by John Goebel, Chief Executive Officer, 
Northern Contours, Inc. and John Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive 
Officer, Woodcraft Industries, Inc. (EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0018-0590).
8. Comment submitted by Mike Zimmerman, Laboratory Manager, Sauder 
Woodworking Corporation (EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0018-0566).
9. Comment submitted by Magnus Bj[ouml]rk, Compliance Development 
Specialist, IKEA Trading Operations on behalf of IKEA of Sweden 
(EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0018-0530).
10. Comment submitted by Bill Perdue, Vice President of Regulatory 
Affairs, American Home Furnishings Alliance (EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0018-
0562).

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 770

    Environmental protection, Composite wood, Formaldehyde, Reporting 
and recordkeeping requirements, Toxic substances, Wood.

    Dated: March 28, 2014.
James Jones,
Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution 
Prevention.
[FR Doc. 2014-07696 Filed 4-7-14; 8:45 am]
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