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RV Makers Adopt California’s Tough Formaldehyde Emissions Limits Nationwide

Originally Published in MotorHome Magazine

The nation’s producers of recreation vehicles (RVs) have embraced the
same tough new formaldehyde standard that California has adopted, and
will require it nationwide. Starting Jan. 1, 2009, RV makers that are
members of RVIA will be required to build all units with wood products
that comply with the CARB standard’s emission limits. By July 1, 2010,
they must use wood that has been certified by an appropriate third party
as meeting the CARB standard. As a result of this schedule, RVIA will
require its members to use CARB compliant wood nationwide a full 18
months before California phases in its requirement.

“We believe our adoption of the California requirement
nationwide underscores our commitment to RV owners and their ability to
use our products with confidence,” said RVIA President Richard Coon.
“It also demonstrates the continuing commitment to the environment that
our customers expect of the products that enable them to enjoy the

Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring chemical that is used to
manufacture wood products commonly found in homes and RVs. When fully
phased in, CARB expects the new standard to reduce formaldehyde
emissions by approximately 57 percent from the wood products it covers:
hardwood plywood, particleboard, and medium-density fiberboard.

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