On April 12, staff from the Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA) and HCPA Air Quality Council members participated in the California Air Resources Board (CARB) public workshop to discuss CARB’s plans to initiate a new rulemaking. The potential new rulemaking would establish new limits on the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that may be used to formulate consumer products. CARB stated that this new regulatory action is necessary to meet California’s current State Implementation Plan (SIP) commitment. The new rulemaking process is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

During the public workshop, CARB proposed to evaluate 47 consumer product survey categories from their 2013, 2014 and 2015 Consumer & Commercial Product Surveys that exceeded 0.5 tons per day (tpd) VOC emissions as part of their rule development process. CARB is organizing a Regulatory Strategies Public Work Group for stakeholders and will conduct several workgroup meetings in late May and June to prioritize opportunities for establishing new/revised VOC limits for these product categories. Additionally, they are organizing a Regulatory Definitions Work Group to discuss opportunities to improve existing regulatory language, product category definitions, program transparency, clarity and effectiveness.

Both the CARB public workshop and the Regulatory Definitions Work Group will conduct initial discussions via numerous teleconferences. HCPA staff will participate actively in both workgroups. If HCPA members are interested in participating in the two workgroup meetings.

Please contact Joe Yost, Vice President, Strategic Alliances & Industry Relations, at jyost@thehcpa.org, for additional comments or questions.

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