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Drum roll please: To grandmother’s house we go?

My 10-year-old son is taking up the drums. I mention this only because I’m worried about losing my shop to band practice.

Just to be clear, I’m very pro drummer. Bring on da noise, I say. There’s already a drum set in my shop, hidden under a tarp on a high shelf. Maybe he’ll get it for his birthday or Christmas. But where to put it?

My first thought was grandma’s house. It has plenty of seldom used rooms and – how to put this – she’s practically deaf. Junior could bang on his drums all day and she might not even notice. I have yet to receive an official confirmation to this idea.

The second and most likely landing spot is our finished basement. The conflict here is two-fold: it’s where I go to watch sports and I’ve been angling for a pool table. I’m open to negotiation.

But there’s an argument to made for the shop. It’s a stand-alone building with plenty of power and lights. Jettison the cabinet saw, throw down a few rugs and strike up the band.

Of course, I will fight for my shop. It’s been about seven years in the making and a fairly comfortable refuge. My ace in the hole is that it has no heat or insulation. It’s not very hospitable in a New England winter or summer. That could change, of course, but why bring it up?

We’ll see how this plays out. My best guess is that eight or so years from now I’ll be writing about the day I get my shop back after my worst fears were realized, and we can all have another laugh.

Final formaldehyde rule

On Aug. 21, the Environmental Protection Agency published a final rule that provides technical amendments to the Dec. 12, 2016 formaldehyde rule. The amendments further align EPA’s TSCA Title VI regulation with the California Air Resource Board’s Airborne Toxic Control Measure to reduce formaldehyde emissions from composite wood and provide clarity on certain rule provisions.

Composite wood products still are required to meet emission standards, to be tested and certified, and to be sold with a label stating that they are TSCA Title VI certified. Finished goods containing composite wood products still must be sold with a label stating that they are TSCA Title VI compliant.

Then the EPA took its first enforcement action, fining Global Sourcing Solutions (GSS) of Montvale, N.J. $544,064 for failing to comply with its formaldehyde standards. The fine was related to two containers of imported finished goods made of composite wood products, stamped EU compliant, that were not TSCA VI certified. 

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