CHICAGO – The members of the Window and Door Manufacturers Assn. (WDMA) are addressing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) investigation into whether regulatory or other action might be appropriate to protect against potential risks posed by formaldehyde emitted from certain pressed wood products.

WDMA is concerned with the difficulty of meeting and managing a national program on formaldehyde in a cost-effective manner, especially for products with limited risk. According to Jeff Lowinski, WDMA vice president, advocacy and technical services, “WDMA wants to ensure that if there is to be a national program, it must be based on sound science and knowledge that it is going be meaningful. It also needs to preempt individual state regulations. Otherwise, multiple state regulations will likely continue, with multiple compliance requirements, labels and confusion.”

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