• California Continues to Export its High Environmental Standards to Certain Consumer Products
  • July 20, 2010
  • Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP - Atlanta Office
  • California's Air Resources Board continues to advance the promulgation of regulations that would require the redesign or reformulation of certain consumer products to reduce their VOC (volatile organic compounds) and GHG (green house gas) emissions.

    Consumer products affected by the Air Resources Board regulations include chemically formulated products used by household and institutional consumers, such as detergents, cleaning products, floor finishes, personal care products, lawn and garden products, air fresheners, disinfectants, automotive specialty products, paint thinners, multi-purpose solvents,and aerosol paints.

    This set of proposed amendments would establish new VOC limits for Multi-purpose Solvent and Paint Thinner products and lower the existing VOC limit for Double Phase Aerosol Air Fresheners, prohibit the use of the toxic air contaminants methylene chloride, perchloroethylene, and trichloroethylene in Multi-purpose Solvent and Paint Thinner products. In addition, the aromatic content would be limited to 1 percent in these categories. Compounds with high global warming potential (GWP) would be prohibited, under the proposal, in all three of the categories proposed for regulation.