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CARB Labeling Update
Latest CARB Advisory
Columbia Forest Products has received written approval from the California Air Resources
Board (CARB) to be exempted from routine formaldehyde emissions testing for its
veneer core hardwood plywood products produced with soy-based PureBond formaldehyde-free
resin technology. Click here to learn more.
Are you a fabricator working in or shipping into California?
If so, we want to update you on our progress toward compliance with the California
Air Resources Board (CARB) air toxic control measure on formaldehyde emissions
from composite wood products.
Columbia Forest Products has been manufacturing an alternative to traditional urea
formaldehyde-based products for years now. With our
PureBond formaldehyde-free hardwood plywood technology, we've got a proven,
consistent answer to concerns about formaldehyde emissions.
The CARB regulation goes into effect January 2009. We can help you prepare your
California strategy now.
Remember, we meet Phase 2 now...
The emissions from our domestically assembled PureBond
veneer core panels satisfy CARB's Phase 2 formaldehyde emission limits today. For
Columbia, this is not a special order or part-time effort. Formaldehyde-free PureBond is our standard lamination technology, assuring
you of proven performance, timely availability and consistent pricing.
Columbia has now received its official certification from the HPVA, our third-party
certifying lab, so we can publicly promote our hardwood plywood as CARB-compliant.
But as we have done in the past, we have gone beyond compliance and can provide
our customers hardwood plywood that satisfies the next phase of the CARB regulation,
more than a year in advance!
You'll soon be hearing lots of chatter in the market and announcements of new, CARB-compliant
products. We urge you to ask for the CARB-assigned TPC number to ensure that the
products are truly compliant and that your interests are protected.
Columbia has made over 50 million PureBond
panels in the past two years and we are committed to helping you be successful in
this complicated regulatory environment.
As always, thank you for your business, please contact us with any questions.
HPVA is named our third party certifier
One of the critical steps for a panel manufacturer is to select a CARB-approved
Third Party Certification (TPC) organization to validate the testing, quality control
and data retention processes the regulation requires to be in official "compliance."
We have selected HPVA (Hardwood Plywood
& Veneer Association) as our TPC. The HPVA is our industry's key trade
association, we've been a member for twenty years, and they operate one of the leading
large chamber formaldehyde testing labs in North America.
Working with HPVA as our TPC, our domestic veneer core offering has been certified
as compliant; this will be indicated by HPVA's CARB-assigned number appearing on
paperwork and packaging.