On January 15, Joe Yost, Vice President Strategic Alliances & Industry Relations, HCPA, Greg Johnson from Sherwin-Williams, who serves as co-chair of the HCPA Air Quality Council, and Fred Abraham from Sherwin-Williams met with senior staff at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to discuss the differences between industrial and institutional products.

Greg and Fred provided examples of products that are used in the manufacturing process and explained why they are not consumer or institutional. They also explained why the existing regulatory definitions need to be updated to recognize the prevalent marketing trend of selling industrial products through distributors rather than directly to facilities. Greg also discussed how manufacturers could clearly explain that certain products are only used in the manufacturing process.

We anticipate that CARB staff will address this issue during their next Regulatory Definitions Work Group meeting in February.

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