On April 17, Nicholas Georges, Senior Director, Scientific & International Affairs, testified to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment Air Quality Control Commission regarding a potential rulemaking to consider establishing a new regulation. The potential new regulation would limit the volatile organic compound (VOC) content in consumer products and in architectural and industrial maintenance (AIM) coatings.

Georges testified on the need for the consumer products regulations and AIM coatings regulations to be separate due to the differences between the two regulations. Georges also urged the Commission to consider a one-year compliance date after adoption if the Commission moves forward with rulemaking. He also asked the Commission to consider a phased-in approach by first moving forward with the OTC Model Rule 2, then the OTC Model Rule 4, if further reductions are needed.

The Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA) and member companies support states adopting VOC regulations to reduce emissions from consumer products so long as they are consistent with the current regulatory framework that other states have adopted, such as the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) Model Rules.

The Commission voted to move forward with rulemaking but realized that more work is needed on their proposed regulations. HCPA will file for party status within their rulemaking process and will work with the Air Pollution Control Division to ensure that their proposed consumer products regulations are consistent with other states that have adopted the OTC Model Rules.

Please contact Nicholas Georges, Senior Director, Scientific & International Affairs, at ngeorges@thehcpa.org for any additional comments or questions.


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