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Title: Air quality and composite wood products

Author: Baumann, Melissa G. D.;

Date: 1999

Source: Women in natural resources. Vol. 20, no. 4 (Summer 1999): p. 4-6.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Research at the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) is being conducted to identify the compounds emitted from wood products during their manufacture and subsequent use. The FPL researchers are measuring the types and quantities of VOCs that are emitted from particleboard and MDF products to provide quantitative emissions information. This information can be used by other researchers studying indoor air quality of homes and offices where these products are used. The FPL researchers are also evaluating emissions during the manufacture of various composite wood products. Measuring emissions during manufacture of wood composites provides information about the relationship between manufacturing conditions and the types and quantities of emissions. This information will help determine whether changes in manufacturing conditions can be used to reduce emission levels and what the best control strategies are for the types of compounds that are emitted.

Keywords: Clean Air Act amendments, Forest Products Laboratory, hazardous air pollutant, maximum achievable control technology, medium density fiberboard, oriented strandboard, phenol-formaldehyde, polymeric methylene diisocyanate, volatile organic compounds, emission, testing, manufactures, adhesives, particleboard, fiberboard, volatile compounds, air quality, composite materials, VOCs, adhesives, organic compounds, emission, testing

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Baumann, Melissa G. D. 1999. Air quality and composite wood products. Women in natural resources. Vol. 20, no. 4 (Summer 1999): p. 4-6.


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