Joe Yost, Vice President, Strategic Alliances & Industry Relations, and Nicholas Georges, Senior Director, Scientific & International Affairs, of the Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA) met with staff from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on October 3 to discuss the HCPA Air Quality Council’s ongoing efforts to identify commercially and technologically feasible volatile organic compound (VOC) limits and definitions for product categories. CARB has been transparent in encouraging all stakeholders to present ideas about how the current rulemaking process can achieve the significant reductions in VOCs that are needed to comply with the current State Implementation Plan commitment. Yost and Georges also discussed members’ positions on new or revised product category definitions during CARB’s Regulatory Definitions Work Group meeting on October 4.

CARB staff intends to issue their initial draft proposed VOC limits and definitions in early November 2019 and will present a formal proposed regulation to their Board in late 2020. HCPA will have the greatest chance of success by engaging early and often through substantive discussions with CARB staff as this rulemaking process continues over the next 12-14 months. If your company is not already participating in the Air Quality Council’s ongoing work, you are urged to get involved now.

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


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