"The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) fears that fuzzy language in a proposed rule involving formaldehyde could leave builders and remodelers open to severe penalties that were intended for firms that create rather than merely install the products," Remodeling editor Craig Webb reports.

"The NAHB sought to avoid those traps by asking in a May 23 letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for better definitions regarding what constitutes a 'major modification' made to a cabinet or other composite wood and laminated veneer products for which the EPA is trying to limit formaldehyde emissions," Webb writes. "That 'major modification' phrase appears just once and without further explanation in the EPA’s proposed rule governing formaldehyde emissions in composite wood products (CWP), but it triggers a key difference in how a CWP user is treated."

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