New regs for Monday: Wood, battery chargers, renewable fuel standard

Monday’s edition of the Federal Register contains new emissions restrictions for composite wood, efficiency standards for battery chargers, and renewable fuel standards for gasoline.


Here’s what is happening:

Wood: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving forward with new emissions standards for composite wood products.

The emissions standards will reduce formaldehyde exposure from composite wood products like hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard and particleboard that are sold or manufactured in the United States.

The EPA says the emissions limits will have a positive impact on public health.

The rule goes into effect in 60 days.

Efficiency: The Department of Energy (DOE) is moving forward with new efficiency standards for battery chargers.

The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced Friday new test procedures for uninterruptible power supplies.

The rule goes into effect in 30 days.

Gas: The EPA is moving forward with the 2017 renewable fuel standard.

The renewable fuel standard requires petroleum companies to include a certain level of cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuel in the gasoline they make.

The rule goes into effect in 60 days.