RESTON, VA — The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Assn. (KCMA) announced its support for S.1660, The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, which calls for a national standard on emissions from particleboard, hardwood plywood and MDF panels. The bipartisan Senate bill was introduced on Sept. 11 and is sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID).

In addition to the KCMA and Composite Panel Assn., several other industry groups, the Sierra Club, steel workers union and assorted housing organizations also support the bill. KCMA said it also supports efforts in Congress calling for the National Academy of Sciences to review the health effects of formaldehyde as they relate to the low levels of formaldehyde, such as typically found in domestically manufactured cabinets.

KCMA President Kevin O’Neill, Wellborn Cabinet Inc., stated that, “Establishing a national standard requiring low-emitting composite wood will be well-received by the cabinet industry. The standards will be the lowest in the world. The KCMA’s Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) began recognizing CARB-compliant materials eight months ago. There now are over 150 certified companies and brands in the program, which are listed on the GreenCabinetSource.org Web site.

“For years, cabinet manufacturers have supported voluntary efforts by industry suppliers to provide affordable and safe low-emitting materials,” O’Neill added. “Establishment of a national standard based on the extensive work by CARB, in which KCMA was actively involved, should help dispel misleading claims regarding the safety of composite wood panel products.”

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