BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Sen. Mike Crapo says a bill that would establish national emission standards for formaldehyde in composite wood products has passed a critical hurdle.
The Idaho Republican says the bill he is co-sponsoring with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, has been approved by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Most composite wood found in common household items such as furniture, cabinets and countertops contains some formaldehyde, a chemical used in many products as an adhesive.
Formaldehyde is classified as a carcinogen and at elevated levels, can cause breathing problems.
Crapo says the bill would require wood products sold in the United States to meet formaldehyde emission standards of about 0.09 parts per million by 2012.