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Lynn Baker, air pollution specialist with the California Air Resource Board (CARB), is set to lead an RV-specific workshop Sept. 30 in South Bend, Ind., on the stringent CARB formaldehyde standard for wood products that will take effect in 2009.
The workshop is being organized by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Baker has been with CARB for 22 years. Most of his work has involved assisting two other departments within the California Environmental Protection Agency to assess public exposure to air quality impacts of agricultural pesticides and near hazardous waste sites. Participating in the workshop by phone will be the head of CARB’s Enforcement Division, R.C. Smith, along with CARB enforcement staffer Darrell Hawkins. All three will be available for questions during the workshop.
Wood product suppliers as well as RV industry personnel in the areas of purchasing, standards, compliance engineering and design, as well as industry legal counsel representatives, are encouraged to attend.
RVIA member-manufacturers must build their units using CARB compliant wood by Jan. 1, 2009, and CARB certified wood by July 1, 2010. RVIA said that compliant wood should meet CARB’s emission levels while certified wood will need to adhere to CARB’s certification requirements as documented by a third-party agency.
RVIA’s Government Affairs Department is reporting strong registration numbers for the free workshop, and participants are being encouraged to e-mail specific questions to RVIA staff so that CARB staff can be prepared to provide full and complete answers.
The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the Century Center in downtown South Bend. For more information or to submit questions for the CARB staff in advance of the meeting, contact Matt Wald, RVIA’s director of government affairs, at (703) 620-6003 ext. 313 or [email protected] To register for the workshop, contact Clint Woods at ext. 318 or [email protected]