A bill being considered by US Congress that would set a national standard for formaldehyde emissions in wood products is being touted as a rare example of environmentalists and industry teaming up.

Tom Neltner, co-chairman of the national toxics committee for the Sierra Club, said his organisation had been working with industry leaders on the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, reports The Oklahoman.

Neltner said it was “rare when the environmentalists and industry team up, but in this case, the industry is eager to fix the issue.”

In mid-March, congresswoman Doris Matsui announced the introduction of HR 4805, the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Act, saying in a release that the bipartisan bill would adopt national standards under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for formaldehyde in composite wood products.