Western Pallet Magazine April 2016 - Page 19

APRIL 2016

been deposited into the California Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California’s air quality.

Additionally, Lumber Liquidators has developed, and agreed to implement, a “Fabricator Laminate Evaluation and Audit Program” and a “Composite Core Testing Research Program,” requiring the company to conduct regular audits of existing and new suppliers and to randomly test composite core samples in accordance with ARB’s standard operating procedure for preparing finished goods samples for testing.

To find out more about ARB's composite wood products regulation, click here.

ARB’s regulation establishes formaldehyde emissions standards on particleboard, medium density fiberboard and hardwood plywood. These composite wood products are commonly used as the underlying platform to which a laminate or wood veneer is affixed during the manufacture of retail products such as furniture, cabinets and flooring.

standards on particleboard, medium density fiberboard and hardwood plywood. These composite wood products are commonly used as the underlying platform to which a laminate or wood veneer is affixed during the manufacture of retail products such as furniture, cabinets and flooring.

Under ARB’s regulation, composite wood products must be independently certified as complying with the state standard for formaldehyde. Companies that make finished products are required to label the products as having been made with certified compliant composite wood products, to keep records to verify that they have purchased compliant products, and to inform distributors and retailers that their flooring is compliant with California’s regulations.

Toano, Va.-based Lumber Liquidators cooperated with ARB during the investigation and the subsequent enforcement action. The full payment by Lumber Liquidators of $2.5 million has