Ambient Bamboo Floors Will Meet New EPA Formaldehyde Fumes Rule
Jessup, Md. -- Ambient Bamboo Floors announced it expects to easily comply with the new rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to safeguard consumers against indoor emissions of formaldehyde gas.
The new EPA rule implements an indoor air-quality standard nearly identical to those adopted beginning in 2009 by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The CARB Phase 1 and Phase 2 standards are generally believed to be the strictest of their kind. Ambient Bamboo Floors noted that all of its popular bamboo flooring has met the CARB Phase 1 and Phase 2 formaldehyde emissions standards every year without fail since their introduction, based on tests conducted by an independent laboratory.
The EPA developed its new standard in response to a 2010 amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). The amendment—known as Title VI—directed the EPA to come up with formaldehyde emissions limits based on the CARB standards.
Title VI stipulates that companies selling composite wood products in the U.S. have until early next year to obtain certification that their products meet the formaldehyde emissions standards set forth by either the EPA or CARB.
“Our bamboo flooring products undergo annual testing, consistently earning an off-gassing rating of ‘Below the Limit of Qualification,’ which means that our floors register at levels so low as to be almost non-detectable,” a company spokesman said. “These determinations come from annual testing conducted by an independent ISO-17025-accredited laboratory—Benchmark International in Eugene, Oregon—which adheres to evaluation protocols developed jointly by trusted environmental health testing leaders SCS Global Services and the Resilient Floor Covering Institute.”
The most recent tests from Benchmark International, conducted in April, show that Ambient Bamboo Floors’ bamboo and eucalyptus flooring products emit “effectively zero” urea formaldehyde fumes.
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