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VOC regulations release

January 26, 2009

As states continue to be challenged in meeting the national ambient air quality standards, we will continue to see more aggressive VOC limitations. In fact, numerous new state VOC limitations for cleaning product formulations became effective at the beginning of 2009. In addition, Indiana just released its proposed VOC regulations and announced a public hearing on the matter.

New State Regulations

VOC limitations for cleaning products in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Ohio went into effect for the first time on January 1, 2009. (Note: For EPA registered products, the effective date is January 1, 2010.) Each of these state regulations is modeled after the latest edition of the OTC Model Rule.

Covered products manufactured on or after January 1, 2009 must be in compliance with the new VOC limitations. Each of these states allow for the “sell-through” of covered products produced prior to January 1, 2009, provided the product displays the date of manufacture or code indicating such date.

The full text of each of these state regulations, including the VOC limitations, is available on the Internet and can be found at the following URLs:

Connecticut: http://www.ct.gov/dep/lib/dep/air/regulations/mainregs/sec40consumerprod.pdf

Massachusetts:
http://www.mass.gov/dep/service/regulations/310cmr07.pdf
(Reference Section 7.25)

Ohio:
http://www.epa.state.oh.us/dapc/regs/3745-112/3745_112.html

New Limits, Product Categories

In addition, effective January 1, 2009 (December 31, 2008 in the case of California), the states of California, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania impose more aggressive VOC limits for product categories already covered, and in some cases add new product categories to their existing VOC regulations.

The changes that become effective at the beginning of 2009 for each of these states are summarized in a memo that is posted to the following URL:
www.issa.com/voc09.

Para-Dichlorobenzene

Para-dichlorobenzene (PDCB) based products continue to come under stricter regulation by those states that have implemented VOC limitations and regulations. Specifically, the following states have implemented a ban on PDCB-based toilet and urinal care products: California, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.

For a detailed review of how PDCB-based products are regulated by these states, please go to the following URL:
www.issa.com/voc09.

Ban on Certain Products Containing Methylene Chloride, Perchloroethylene, and Trichloroethylene

Effective the beginning of 2009, the states of California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey prohibit the sale of certain cleaning products containing methylene chloride, perchloroethylene and trichloroethylene.

For a detailed summary of this prohibition, please go to www.issa.com/voc09.

Indiana Proposes VOC Limitations

In the meantime, Indiana recently re-issued its proposed VOC regulations for public comment. Indiana’s proposal is based on the most recent version of the OTC Model Rule.

The Indiana Air Pollution Control Board has scheduled a public hearing on its VOC proposal for April 1, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at the Indiana government Center South, 402 West Washington Street, Conference Center Room A, Indianapolis, IN. For more information on the public hearing click HERE.