Delay in SYP Decision Pushes Impacts to Next Summer

Originally published by: ProSales MagazineOctober 19, 2012

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If precedent and the calendar hold, this week's delay in consideration of new design values for visually graded Southern pine could mean that mills and consumers won't have to deal with the effects of any changes until July 2013 or even later.

The American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC) Board of Review had planned to consider the revised design values in a hearing on Thursday. But the day before, the Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) requested that the issue be pulled from the hearing calendar. SPIB did so because the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), which had been asked by ALSC to review SPIB's testing of Southern pine and subsequent recommendations, brought up so many technical concerns that SPIB felt it was best to review and resolve the differences.

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