California Local Air District Adopts Consumer Products Rule

The South Coast Air Quality Management District recently joined the growing list of government entities seeking to regulate consumer products. On March 6th, the District’s Board voted 12-0 to adopt a rule limiting the level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in consumer paint thinners and multi-purpose solvents sold in the Los Angeles area. SCAQMD Rule 1143 establishes an interim VOC limit of 300 grams/liter (g/l), effective January 1, 2010, and a VOC limit of 25 g/l effective January 1, 2011, for all consumer paint thinners and multi-purpose solvents. These limits are more stringent than those proposed in a state-wide regulation currently under consideration by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), which would not impose the 25 g/L limit until 2013.

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