Beveridge & Diamond

CARB Proposes Modifications and Amendments to California's Consumer Products Regulation

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., July 20, 2011

The California Air Resources Board has released for public review and comment its latest modifications and amendments to the state’s Consumer Products Regulation.  The Consumer Products Regulation is aimed at reducing air emissions from consumer products in California, and does so by limiting or prohibiting the use of certain air pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds (“VOCs”) and certain toxic air compounds (“TAC”), in products supplied, sold, offered for sale, or manufactured for sale in the state.  The proposed modifications and amendments include new or more stringent VOC limits for several product categories, including furniture maintenance products, nonaerosol general purpose cleaners and degreasers, nonaerosol glass cleaners, nonaerosol heavy hand cleaners and soaps, certain insecticides, and cutting and tapping oils.  Also being proposed are new, more specific VOC and TAC standards for lubricants, based on the products’ intended use, and new prohibitions on the use of compounds with high global warming potential (“GWP”) in furniture maintenance products, metal polish and cleaners, various lubricants, certain insecticides, and spot removers. 

The proposed modifications and amendments are available here:  CARB is accepting public comments on the proposal through August 4, 2011. 

For more information, contact Amy Lincoln at 415-262-4029 or