The California Air Resource Board (CARB) issued a Composite Wood Products Regulation Advisory on Nov. 12 that extends the composite wood sell-through enforcement date from June 30, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2010, as it applies to distributors, fabricators, and retailers of finished goods made with pre-Phase 1 composite wood products, according to a release from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

This extension will assist the RV industry by allowing RVs containing pre-CARB certified composite wood products to be sold in Calfornia without penalty for an additional six months.

RVIA President Richard Coon said of the extension, “This is very good news for RV manufacturers and dealers. The old deadline of July 1, 2010, was simply unrealistic given current market conditions. RVIA has been working very hard to get the deadline extended and we are gratified that CARB agreed with us that more time is needed.”

RVIA Vice President of Standards and Education Bruce Hopkins said that RVIA’s program requirement that mandates RVs to be built with CARB certified wood beginning July 1, 2010, will not change.

“Manufacturers can control which wood products are used in manufacturing an RV, so the RVIA requirement that all RVs built by July 1, 2010, contain only certified wood products will stand. What manufacturers cannot control is when an RV is sold off of a dealer lot, and that is why the CARB extention is so critical,” he said. While the CARB extension assists the industry now, keeping the RVIA standards program requirements intact as previously approved by the RVIA board will eliminate sell-through issues in the future.

In spite of what it hails as very good news, RVIA continues to encourage CARB to enforce their standard the way RVIA will: based on date of manufacture rather than date of sale. RVIA Director of Government Affairs Matt Wald said, “The six-month extention to the sell-by date helps a lot. But industry estimates show that unless the market picks up even faster than we expect it to, there could still be unsold non-compliant units on Jan. 1, 2011. So we will continue to request that, like RVIA, CARB issue a date of manufacture deadline for enforcement on RVs rather than a date of sale deadline. That’s an enforcement deadline that the RV industry can meet whatever the market conditions for RV wholesale shipments and retail sales turns out to be.”

The CARB advisory is available at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/compwood/outreach/09_04_advisory.pdf.

Additional information about complying with the regulation, including staff contacts, fact sheets and Frequently Asked Questions, is available on the Air Resources Board website (http://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/compwood/compwood.htm). Scroll to the bottom of the page under “UPDATES.”

For further information, contact  Hopkins at (703) 620-6003 ext. 323 or [email protected] or  Wald at (703) 620-6003 ext. 313 or [email protected]