Dr. Steve Bennett, Senior Vice President, Scientific Affairs, participated in an industry stakeholder meeting with Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (DPHE). This meeting discussed likely VOC emission reductions for Consumer Products and Architectural, Industrial, and Maintenance (AIM) Coatings.

The Denver and the North Front Range area are currently nonattainment under both the 2008 and 2015 ozone standards and Colorado plans to incorporate reductions in both consumer products and AIM Coatings, which together, account for about 9 percent of the total VOC emissions in the region.

Much of the discussion focused on experiences in implementing the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) model rules and industry recommendation for a path forward. The recommendation for consumer products was to start with OTC Model Rule II while AIM Coatings were recommended to start the OTC Phase I model rule. Both were suggested with a one-year implementation date along with an additional year for FIFRA-registered products. Furthermore, considerable discussion concerning elevation and weather of Colorado that may impact or present reformulation challenges for some consumer or AIM coating products was also discussed during the meeting. It was suggested that these concerns be respectfully considered. CO DPHE currently expects a rulemaking process starting in spring 2019 involving all stakeholders.

For any additional questions or comments, please contact Steve Bennett at sbennett@thechpa.org



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