Archive

Posts Tagged ‘formaldehyde’

HUD Proposes Ending Manufactured Home Formaldehyde “Health Notice”

March 22nd, 2019 Comments off


HUDProposesEndingManufacturedHomeFormaldehydeHealthNoticeDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews600 

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.

 

2019-03-22_2021FormaldehydeEmissionsstandardsDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews

Provided under fair use guidelines for media.

 

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.

 

FormaldehydeInHumanBreathDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews

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.

 

WhatIsFormaldehydeCh2OManufacturedHomeDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews

 

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

 

— 30 —

ChampionHomesOpeningNewManufacturedHomeFactoryLeesvilleLAMHProNews

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?

Watch for a special report planned for the next few days.  If you haven’t already made plans to attend the 2019 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show, come but make sure you are there Thursday afternoon, March 28th, for a special event. That’s manufactured home “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

ManufacturedHousingProNewsMHProNewsConfidentialTipsDocumentsNews

To report a news tip, click the image above or send an email to iReportMHNewsTips@mhmsm.com – To help us spot your message in our volume of email, please put the words NEWS TIP in the subject line.

NOTICE: You can get our ‘read-hot’ industry-leading emailed headline news updates, at this link here. You can join the scores who follow us on Twitter at this link. Connect on LinkedIn here.

NOTICE 2: Readers have periodically reported that they are getting a better experience when reading MHProNews on the Microsoft Edge, or Apple Safari browser than with Google’s Chrome browser. Chrome reportedly manipulates the content of a page more than the other two browsers do.

(Related Reports are further below. Third-party images and content are provided under fair use guidelines.)

1) To sign up in seconds for our MH Industry leading emailed news updates, click here.

ManufacturedHomeIndustry#1HeadlineNewsMHProNews

To see a sample of our emailed news update, click here. To sign up for the factory-built home industry’s #1 headline news, click here or the graphic above.

2) To pro-vide a News Tips and/or Commentary, click the link to the left. Please note if comments are on-or-off the record, thank you.

3) Marketing, Web, Video, Consulting, Recruiting and Training Re-sources

SoheylaKovachDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsMHLivingNewsSubmitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.com. Soheyla is a managing member of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com.

 

 

Related Reports:

You can click on the image/text boxes to learn more about that topic.

HUD Secretary Carson “HUDdle Conference” Draws Manufactured Housing Issues Engagement

Smile! You’re on Candid Camera! Security, Casino Hotels, and Fix the MH Trick$ Tunica Event

 

Cha-Ching! Manufactured Housing Made Simple in 2019

“Potentially Enormous Costs” “Proposed DOE Manufactured Housing Energy Standards” Exposed as HUD PD&R “Whitewash”

National Association of Home Builders CEO Jerry Howard Declining Housing Affordability, Plus MH Market Updates

Subsidized Housing vs Manufactured Homes, Community Owner Marge Clark Sounds Off

White Collar Shakedown, Fear, Hobbs Act, and Manufactured Housing Independents Struggles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MHARR: EPA Action on Formaldehyde Rule

May 24th, 2017 Comments off
MHARR-MMarkWeissPresidentManufacturedHusingAssocRegulatoryReformCongressWikipediaMHProNews-

Capitol Building credit, Wikipedia. MHARR, Mark Weiss images MHProNews. MHARR logo is their intellectual property, and is shown here under fair use guidelines.

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that the organization has succeeded in winning a delay of the effective date(s) of the Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products final rule published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December 2016.

 

The EPA announced the action yesterday in a notice, which fulfills the original request by MHARR for a delay.

As MHProNews covered earlier this week, the call came from MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss, JD, during a May 1st meeting in Washington DC. That meeting was convened by the EPA to solicit comments from parties on a new rulemaking docket concerning regulations adopted under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and other laws that could be “repealed, replaced, or modified to make them less burdensome” in accordance with Executive Order (EO) 13777 issued by President Trump on February 24, 2017.

We’re calling for the elimination of certification requirements for finished goods included in the final rule, which apply to manufactured housing producers but expressly exempt site-builders using the same materials,” said Weiss.

MHARR was the only manufactured housing industry organization to participate in the meeting and address the formaldehyde rule specifically in relation to manufactured homes.

MHARR also noted that the final formaldehyde rule published by EPA (during the last days of the Obama Administration) was significantly different from the proposed rule, published on June 10, 2013. In essence, the original rule stated that both manufactured homes and site-built homes would have been deemed “finished goods,” and subject to the certification requirements applicable.

In contrast, under the final rule, only manufactured homes and manufactured homebuilders are subject to those certification requirements and related regulatory compliance costs.

MHARR tells MHProNews that, in accordance with EPA’s delay notice with formal publication in the Federal Register expected on May 24, 2017, compliance dates for formaldehyde emission standards, recordkeeping, and labeling provisions would be extended until March 22, 2018. Import certification provisions would be extended until March 22, 2019, and laminated product producer provisions would be extended until March 22, 2024.

 

m_mark_weiss_mharr_pesident__mhpronews__credit

Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews.

MHARR will closely monitor this rulemaking, which is an integral part of the Trump Administration’s effort to reign-in or repeal federal regulations that eliminate jobs or inhibit job creation, or are otherwise outdated, unnecessary, ineffective, or unduly burdensome,” said MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss, JD.

As this proceeding goes forward, MHARR will continue to aggressively oppose any discriminatory mandates on manufactured housing, HUD Code manufacturers and/or manufactured homebuyers.”

 

The full announcement from MHARR is linked here. ##

 

(Image credits are as shown above, and when provided by third parties, are shared under fair use guidelines.)

 

rcwilliams-writer75x75manufacturedhousingindustrymhpronews

RC Williams, MHProNews.

Submitted by RC Williams to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.

 

(Copyright Notice: This and all content on MHProNews and MHLivingNews always have been and are Copyrighted, © 2017 by MHProNews.com a dba of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC – All Rights Reserved. No duplication is permitted without specific written permission. Headlines with link-backs are of course ok. A short-quoted clip, with proper attribution and link back to the specific article are also ok – but you must send a notice to iReportMHNewsTips@mhmsm.com of the exact page you’ve placed/posted such a use, once posted.)

MHARR to the EPA: Withdraw Discriminatory Formaldehyde Mandate

May 22nd, 2017 Comments off
MHARRCallforCongressionalReviewandRejectionofDOERulecreditWikipediaMHARR-postedtothedailybusinessnewsmhpronewsmhlivingnews

Credit: MHARR, Wikipedia.

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that it has formally called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw certification requirements contained in its December 2016 Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products rule. MHARR contends the rule discriminates against manufactured housing and manufactured housing producers.

The call came from MHARR President and CEO Mark Weiss, JD, during a May 1st meeting in Washington DC, convened by the EPA to solicit comments from parties on a new rulemaking docket concerning regulations adopted under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and other laws that could be “repealed, replaced, or modified to make them less burdensome” in accordance with Executive Order (EO) 13777 issued by President Trump on February 24, 2017.

m_mark_weiss_mharr_pesident__mhpronews__credit

Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews.

We’re calling for the elimination of certification requirements for finished goods included in the final rule, which apply to manufactured housing producers but expressly exempt site-builders using the same materials,” said Weiss.

MHARR was the only manufactured housing industry organization to participate in the meeting and address the formaldehyde rule specifically in relation to manufactured homes.

MHARR also noted that the final formaldehyde rule published by EPA (during the last days of the Obama Administration) was significantly different from the proposed rule, published on June 10, 2013. In essence, the original rule stated that both manufactured homes and site-built homes would have been deemed “finished goods,” and subject to the certification requirements applicable.

In contrast, under the final rule, only manufactured homes and manufactured homebuilders are subject to those certification requirements and related regulatory compliance costs.

EPA’s discriminatory imposition of ‘finished good’ certification requirements on manufactured home builders while exempting site-builders from those same requirements, is both baseless and arbitrary, as even a cursory reading of the underlying statute shows. And that is without even getting into the procedural gymnastics used by EPA to change the final rule based on a re-opening of the public comment period to address – supposedly – a completely unrelated issue,” said Weiss.

With new leadership at EPA, though, and with President Trump’s regulatory Executive Orders, the industry will have an opportunity to seek changes to the rule to reduce the regulatory burdens imposed on the industry and the millions of lower and moderate-income American families that rely on affordable, non-subsidized manufactured housing.”

The full release from MHARR is linked here. ##

(Image credits are as shown above, and when provided by third parties, are shared under fair use guidelines.)

 

rcwilliams-writer75x75manufacturedhousingindustrymhpronews

RC Williams, MHProNews.

Submitted by RC Williams to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.

 

(Copyright Notice: This and all content on MHProNews and MHLivingNews always have been and are Copyrighted, © 2017 by MHProNews.com a dba of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC – All Rights Reserved. No duplication is permitted without specific written permission. Headlines with link-backs are of course ok. A short-quoted clip, with proper attribution and link back to the specific article are also ok – but you must send a notice to iReportMHNewsTips@mhmsm.com of the exact page you’ve placed/posted such a use, once posted.)

MHARR November Washington Update, Exclusive Report and Analysis

November 3rd, 2016 Comments off
mharr logo

Credit: MHARR.

The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) has released it’s November 2016 Washington Update, an exclusive report and analysis that addresses key issues with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Covered in this month’s report:

 

  • Fifty state installation power grab by HUD, including key highlights from MHARR’s white paper urging action to prevent it;
  • Major proposed update to electrical reference standard, including details on MHARR’s review of the standard;
  • A formaldehyde proposal that would eliminate “warning” notice, with expected actions to be taken by HUD.

The full MHARR exclusive report and analysis is available for Daily Business News readers here. ##

(Image credits are as shown above.)

rcwilliams-writer75x75manufacturedhousingindustrymhpronews

RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

Submitted by RC Williams to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.

 

FEMA Disaster Housing: Manufactured Homes instead of Park Models

July 11th, 2013 Comments off

A switch by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from Park Model homes to manufactured homes for disaster housing has some FEMA field staff members, among others, shaking their heads. According to the Homeland Security Dept. Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the larger manufactured homes often require siting in existing communities, which will cost FEMA $76 million annually. The Park Models measure 12 feet wide by 33 feet long, are more transportable, have fewer restrictions in terms of siting, can be placed on the property of the family rebuilding their home and are closer to schools. But FEMA points out the manufactured homes are made according to HUD Code, which insures safe levels of formaldehyde, and and are more suitable to longer-term occupancy. As MHProNews has learned from fiercehomelandsecurity, the OIG suggested FEMA bring back a housing option similar to the Park Model, which is less expensive and can be moved more quickly than a manufactured house.

(Photo credit: Russ Desantis/therecord–manufactured homes stored at Six Flags in New Jersey.)

Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee Sets Teleconference Date

April 12th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned from The Federal Register that the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) Structural and Design Subcommittee will hold a teleconference meeting Tue. April 23 from 1 PM to 4 PM EST. The agenda tentatively includes discussion regarding alternative foundation system testing, formaldehyde testing, and standards for windows, sliding glass doors, and exterior swinging doors. The conference is open to the public. For more information, including how to tune in, please click here.

(Image credit: Manufactured Housing Institute)

Energy-Efficient Modern Modular by Cavco

November 2nd, 2012 Comments off

Based in Santa Monica, Calif., Living Homes has introduced three low-cost modular homes ranging in size from 1,300 to 2,200 square feet, priced from $200,000 to $320,000. JetsonGreen informs MHProNews Cavco Industries, Inc. is building the homes with strict environmental concerns that follow a LEED Platinum level program—-cork floor, energy-efficient lighting and appliances, formaldehyde-free mill work, low-flow water fixtures, floor-to-ceiling windows, wood ceiling, all of which are included in the $145 a square foot, not including the installation or the foundation. Building takes about two months, and installation can be achieved in one day.

(Photo credit: Living Homes/JetsonGreen)

Another Formaldehyde Case Settled

May 31st, 2012 Comments off

An estimated 60,000 plaintiffs who lived in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) trailers following the 2005 hurricane season may share in the most recent settlement of $5 million for injuries due to inhaling formaldehyde that oozed out of the interior walls. RVBusiness says according to court filings May 29, 2012 it is not clear how much Shaw Environmental Inc., Bechtel Corp., Fluor Enterprises Inc., and CH2M Hill Constructors Inc. will each pay. This settlement is part of a larger class action suit involving FEMA contractors who supplied survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 with temporary homes that also exposed residents to formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. In that settlement, MHProNews.com learned, the nearly two dozen manufacturers agreed to pay $14.8 million in claims.

(Photo credit: GovernmentAuctions)

Class Action Suit Settled

April 24th, 2012 Comments off

The largest mass settlement to date of claims over the FEMA travel trailers supplied to victims of Hurricane Katrina was agreed to by nearly a dozen manufacturers including Thor Industries, Recreation by Design, Play-Mor Trailers, Cruiser RV and Skyline. According to TheNewsStar, the $14.8 million was based on occupants sickened by the higher than acceptable levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt must now approve the deal. He has presided over three other settlement claims against manufacturers of FEMA travel trailers; in all three cases the companies won. People who lived in the trailers following Katina are eligible for their share which will be determined by a court-appointed agent. If the deal goes through, MHProNews.com has learned, nearly half of the money will go for legal and other costs.

(Photo credit: GovernmentAuctions)

Skyline Presents Earnings Report

April 14th, 2012 Comments off

RVBusiness tells MHProNews.com that Skyline Corporation reported for its fiscal third quarter ending Feb. 29, 2012 total net sales of $36.8 million, a 16 percent increase over the $31.8 million for the same period last year. Net loss for the fiscal third quarter amounted to $7.4 million, an improvement from the net loss of $8.7 million for the same period one year ago. Based in Elkhart, Indiana, Skyline is closing its Hemet, California RV facility due to weak demand. Additionally, the company settled its lawsuit in the case of FEMA formaldehyde product liability litigation at a cost of $400,000. The board also voted to suspend dividend payments on the outstanding shares of the company’s common stock, and will consider the possible amount and future of divided payments.Skyline produces manufactured housing and recreational vehicles.

(Image credit: Skyline Corp.)