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HUD Proposes Ending Manufactured Home Formaldehyde “Health Notice”

March 22nd, 2019 Comments off


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Let’s be clear. For years, not only manufactured housing, but other forms of housing had formaldehyde.  The health notices that were required in manufactured homes were arguably discriminatory.  Science says there can be more formaldehyde in parts per million (PPM) in the normal person’s breath than there used to be in the components going into manufactured homes, or other forms of site-built conventional housing.

 

 

That doesn’t mean that for a tiny minority that it wasn’t a potential issue. It just means that it was arguably unfair to place a notice in manufactured homes that were not also placed in other forms of construction too.  After all, the emissions came from components that went into conventional housing, as well as manufactured homes.

 

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That said, that small level of formaldehyde has been dropping due to changes made possible by free enterprise and advances by firms in the production supply chain.

 

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With those quick backdrops, tonight’s report from the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform is another piece of potentially good news from HUD.  Here’s what the Washington, D.C. based MHARR told the Daily Business News on MHProNews earlier today. Note, the illustrations are by MHProNews, not MHARR.

 

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MARCH 22, 2019

 

 

TO:                  MHARR MANUFACTURERS

                        MHARR STATE AFFILIATES

                        MHARR TECHNICAL REVIEW GROUP

 

FROM: MHARR

 

RE:                  HUD PROPOSES RULE TO ADOPT EPA FORMALDEHYDE STANDARDS — ELIMINATE FORMALDEHYDE “HEALTH NOTICE”

 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in the March 22, 2019 edition of the Federal Register, has issued a proposed rule that would amend the Federal Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards (24 C.F.R. 3280) and Procedural and Enforcement Regulations (24 C.F.R. 3282) to incorporate formaldehyde emission controls and related certification requirements previously adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pursuant to the Formaldehyde Standards for Wood Products Act of 2010. HUD’s action implements a directive in that law, requiring HUD to update its manufactured housing formaldehyde standards to ensure consistency with the EPA standards, within 180 days of the enactment of the EPA standards.

 

Given the statutory nature of this mandate, MHARR, in comments before the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC), at its October 25-27, 2016 in-person meeting, and in separate regulatory reform comments pursuant to Trump Administration Executive Orders 13771 and 13777, submitted to HUD in June 2017 and February 2018, specifically called on the Department to repeal the red formaldehyde “health notice” currently required by section 3280.309 of the federal manufactured housing standards. Emphasizing that the new EPA requirements apply to composite wood building materials across-the-board, and that “manufactured homes utilize the same construction materials as site-built and other types of homes,” MHARR stated that the “discriminatory requirement [for] each manufactured home [to] prominently display” the red formaldehyde “health notice,” must be repealed.

 

And now, based on MHARR’s position on this matter, HUD is planning, as part of its March 22, 2019 proposed rule, to eliminate this red formaldehyde “health notice” which has been a subject of significant controversy – and a discriminatory impediment to the industry and its growth – for over three decades.

 

Comments on HUD’s proposed rule must be submitted by April 22, 2019.  MHARR, as usual, will submit comments in advance of the deadline, which may be cited by other interested parties.  This matter, in addition, will be addressed at MHARR’s upcoming Board of Directors meeting.

 

 

cc: Other Interested HUD Code Industry Manufacturers

 

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This is consistent leadership on the production side of association engagement.  Where is there a similar level of engagement by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) on post-production issues? Why do even pro-MHI sources tell MHProNews, for example, that Arlington, VA based MHI at last report had not contacted or engaged the latest city to announce that it wanted to ban manufactured housing?

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Ending Rigged, Corrupted Systems, Manufactured Housing Advancement, Sunday Headline Recap Week Sept 9.2018 – Sept 16.2018

September 16th, 2018 Comments off

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Ending Rigged, Corrupted Systems, & Manufactured Housing Advancement

 

There’s a swamp in Washington, D.C. But let’s be clear, there are swampy, rigged, and corrupted stuff occurring in states and local jurisdictions too.  Each of these impact manufactured home owners and professionals, day be day.

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It may seem odd at first to name them both in the same paragraph, but both Senator Bernie Sanders and President Donald J. Trump share this in common. They’ve tapped into the millions who believe that the systems been rigged and corrupted.

That’s almost where their similarities end. Senator Sanders (I-VT) is openly promoting a socialist agenda that’s failed almost everywhere in the world that its ever been tried.

By contrast, President Donald J. Trump – a former Democrat turned Republican – promotes an agenda that shares similar items what worked for Democratic President John “Jack” F. Kennedy and former democrat turned GOP President Ronald R. Reagan.

There are many reasons why Donald Trump captured 1/3 of the counties that previously voted for Senator (D-IL) turned President, Barack Hussein Obama.

 

Manufactured Housing and The Swamp

Manufactured housing could be roughly 10 times larger than it is today. So why isn’t it bigger? Several reasons. We explore those on a periodic basis, while spotlighting the factors that should result in more manufactured home sales.

The industry needs an independent voice – like this platform, and our publicly focused sister-site, MHLivingNews.com – that use a factual, evidence-based, and common sense ways of evaluating the realities and possibilities for manufactured homes in America today.

One of many things are certain. Like hate or no-opinion on President Donald J. Trump’s style, the future of his initial and planned reforms will depend on GOP victories from coast to coast.

Don’t dismiss – not buy-into – the so-called ‘blue wave.’ Keep in mind the same sources that say that anti-Trump candidates will win in November are those who crowned Secretary Hillary Queen… – err, excuse me, ‘president’ – in 2016.

There’s energized Democratic, Independent, and GOP voters. It’s always about who shows up.

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We don’t hide who we support, and we proudly supported him in 2016 too. We proved correct then, and it can be so once again.  It’s all up to everyday people, like you, us, and others…by the millions.  The system can still work, but it means getting up and going to vote wisely.

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While the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) paid for two pro-Clinton speakers in the closing days before the 2016 election, the Kovach family supported Donald J. Trump’s candidacy as the one we believed would be best for the manufactured home industry, independent businesses, and hundreds of millions of Americans. As the screen capture above proves, one of those pro-Trump stories ended up on the president’s campaign website, and hundreds of conservative and pro-Trump websites.

 

One Big Difference Between 2016 and 2018

The biggest difference between 2016 and 2018 are results. President Trump has proven he can do what Secretary Clinton and former President Barack Obama’s said he couldn’t and wouldn’t do.

That’s the reason you should start talking up President Trump’s record vs the false claims and smoke-screen distractions of his opponents.

Love or hate POTUS Trump’s style, he’s getting results he promised. If the House is held, and the margins in the Senate and House grow, we bet he’ll give us more victories for business and income growth in the future.

We’ll review the headlines on the week in review, starting with MHLivingNews, then the Masthead, and finally, the stories on the week that was etched into history on the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

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Saturday 9.15. 2018

“Sharks!” FEMA Fighting Fake Florence News, “Thousands” of Manufactured Housing (MHU) Units Ready

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Thursday 9.13.2018

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Wednesday 9.12.2018

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Brad Says POTUS Trump is Right: More than Facebook & Twitter, Google Threatens Democracy, Online Freedom

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Tuesday 9.11.2018

Supply, Demand, Manufactured Homes, and Land Lease Communities

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POTUS Trump: Everyone in Hurricane Florence Path Should “Get Out,” Plus MH Market Updates

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Sunday 9.9.2018

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As usual, that’s it for the week that was for this, your writer…

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