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As someone working in the Woodworking Industry, especially in cabinet making, I try to keep up with regulations and trends.

Having originally born and raised in California, I know that they are usually fanatical and stricter on regulations involving the environment than anywhere else in the country.

About 3 years ago, the EPA and other national woodworking groups started looking into the national adoption of California's formadehyde emission standards for laminated and particle composite manmade panels (in particular the glues used to create those).

After some consideration by many, it was a consensus to go ahead and adopt those... Until the EPA ruled that far stricter standards be met instead... (Which was outside the original proposal's scope.)

I subscribe to a few industry periodicals. Here is an article in one:
Wood Groups Protest EPA Proposed Formaldehyde Rule: 'Jobs Killer'

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There doesn't seem to be anyone who can see the entire picture when these ideas come up. I was working in a couple of feed plants when they decreed that gasoline had to be mixed with ethanol. The price of corn (the base ingredient) got so high that the companies had to substitute other grains for it in the feed mixes. And since corn needs a lot of nitrogen to grow, the price of urea and anhydrous ammonia went way up, which of course affected all crops.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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For those concerned, look into PureBond plywood on HomeDepot.com. Contains no added formaldehyde. I just bought some in various veneers (cedar, cherry, mahogany and maple) Cut Christmas ornaments from cedar panel. Nice stuff.

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Folks need to keep an open mind on ongoing research studies. The EPA is a classic example of ideology gone wild:
Activist Post: Scientists Warn EPA Over Monsanto’s GMO Crop Failures, Dangers
Economic Failure at U.S. EPA: NAM Study Raises the Hard Questions — MasterResource

When the citizenry looks around and wonders where the good well-paying jobs in manufacturing went, they can start with job smothering regulatory agencies, and taxation.
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World's funniest joke: I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you.
I used to have customers in California. One fellow told of a regulation- seal around doors to keep pollution out of the buildings, but leave the bottom open for ventilation.
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