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Lumber Liquidators

Lumber Liquidators Pays $2.5 Million to Settle Clean Air Claims

Hardwood flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators has paid the California Air Resources Board (CARB) $2.5 million to settle CARB claims that Lumber Liquidators sold composite wood products that exceeded the state’s formaldehyde limits. Lumber Liquidators says it has not sold these products since May 2015. “Consumer safety is our top priority … Read more »

Furniture Maker Switches to AkzoNobel’s Formaldehyde-Free Coating

US office furniture producer Paoli has switched to a formaldehyde-free wood coating system supplied by AkzoNobel that meets indoor air quality standards and exceeds the levels of product performance of the previous system. As well as complying with industry regulations, the move will enable Paoli to meet growing customer demand … Read more »

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West Virginia: Did Spill Increase Formaldehyde in the Water?

The vice chairman of the West Virginia Environmental Quality Board said he could “guarantee” some citizens in the state were breathing in formaldehyde from their water supply – but the state Bureau of Public Health and the West Virginia American Water Company branded his comments “misleading,” “irresponsible” and “totally unfounded.” Scott … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Sherwin-Williams, Duke Energy, Beijing Pollution

Sherwin-Williams has agreed to pay $1.35 million to reimburse the US for costs incurred to combat releases of hazardous substances at the Eagle Zinc Superfund Site in Montgomery County, Ill. In a consent decree filed with the US District Court for the Central District of Illinois, the US agreed not to sue … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EPA Overestimate, GMO Wheat, Compost Mandate

The White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs found that the EPA overestimated the benefits of proposed formaldehyde regulations by up to $230 million, according to newly released documents seen by The Hill. The EPA predicted savings of $91 million to $278 million, but the OIRA cut that to between $9 million … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: FERC Resignation, EU Fisheries, GMO Wheat Escapes

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Jon Wellinghoff (pictured) is stepping down. Wellinghoff guided the agency’s Order 1000, which encouraged solar and wind integration while requiring grid planners and public utilities to coordinate on regional transmission. He will stay in his post until a new commissioner is confirmed, Politico reported. Companies with … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Solar Tariffs, Formaldehyde, ‘Sue and Settle’ Tactics

The White House is negotiating to drop its steep tariffs on Chinese solar panels, and the EU is talking with China to avoid tariffs scheduled to take effect next month, the New York Times reports. The plan under discussion would create regional solar markets, require Chinese companies to charge more, … Read more »

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