The California Air Resources Board (CARB) to date has, we believe, the only applicable regulation for formaldehyde emissions in the country, but is legally applicable only to products sold in California.
Archive for Indoor Air Quality
Lumber Liquidators, a nationwide company, has had numerous complaints from homeowners regarding the Chinese-made laminate flooring. However, the concern has also been noticed in the Tampa Bay area in Florida. Lumber Liquidators, in response, began providing free air test kits to their customers using a local lab in the Tampa area.
With all the discussion about this issue, we think a potentially important factor may be going unnoticed. This is the role of humidity or moisture content in the formaldehyde emissions from laminate flooring and other materials.
Sunday evening, March 1, 60 Minutes stated that the majority of samples of Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made laminate flooring submitted to two certified labs contained levels of formaldehyde exceeding the limits set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), despite the laminate flooring being labeled as in compliance.
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Recently, our office received numerous calls in response to a 60 Minutes expose on Lumber Liquidator’s importing of noncompliant materials from China into California. This involves elevated formaldehyde emissions from laminate flooring in homes.