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Klobuchar Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Protest Consumers from Formaldehyde
September 16, 2009, 10:07 am
Filed under: News

National Standards Would Level the Playing Field Between Domestic Products and Foreign Imports

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) today introduced bipartisan legislation to protect consumers by establishing national health standards for formaldehyde in composite wood products, which would apply to both domestic products and foreign imports.

“I’ve always believed that the first responsibility of government is to protect its citizens,” said Klobuchar.  “High levels of formaldehyde are a health threat.  This bill will establish national standards that, when fully phased-in, will be the strongest in the world.  These standards will both protect public health and ensure an even playing field between domestic wood products and foreign imports.”

Klobuchar added:  “This legislation is pro-industry, pro-consumer, pro-environment and pro-public health.  Its passage will be a legislative grand slam.”

Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) said, “I would like to thank Senator Klobuchar for her leadership on this issue, and I am pleased to lend my support to this legislation, which will supply manufacturers of composite wood products with a uniform standard for formaldehyde in wood products.  In addition to providing certainty for industry, this bill aims to achieve important public
health benefits as well.”  

Formaldehyde is a chemical that is used in many products as an adhesive, bonding agent or solvent.  Most composite wood (made from wood pieces, particles or fibers bonded together with resin) contains some formaldehyde.
Composite wood is used in common household products such as furniture, cabinets, shelving, countertops, flooring and molding.

At room temperature, formaldehyde releases an invisible gas into the air.
If breathed in at high concentrations, it can pose a health hazard.

The chemical can cause nausea, burning sensations in the eyes and throat, and difficulty breathing for some people who are exposed to high concentrations.  Formaldehyde is listed as “a probable human carcinogen” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Estimates by the State of California suggest that daily prolonged exposure to formaldehyde may contribute to tens of thousands cancer cases in the U.S. each year.


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