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Volume 91 Issue 32 | p. 20
Issue Date: August 12, 2013

Chemistry Reduces Unhealthy Vapors From Wood Composites

Makers of resin used in particleboards and other composites offer competing ways to reduce formaldehyde emissions
Department: Business
Keywords: wood, MDF, particleboard, formaldehyde

As if it wasn’t enough to have their homes inundated, possessions destroyed, and lives uprooted, Gulf Coast evacuees of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina had to endure another indignity: The trailers given to them by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for safe shelter made them sick.

Trailer interiors used composite woods, and the urea-formaldehyde resins that bound those composites were emitting formaldehyde into the air inside. In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention tested the . . .

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