Utah’s Division of Air Quality is developing rules to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in consumer products sold in the state to help solve the state’s smog problem.
While it might not seem that hair spray, carpet cleaner, or air fresheners contribute to Utah’s fine particulate matter (PM-2.5), VOCs from these products are a major factor in the formation of PM-2.5. Even pump sprays and stick deodorants contain VOCs.
The rules establish VOC limits for four product categories:
- Personal-care products
- Household products
- Auto aftermarket products
- Consumer-use coatings
Lower VOCs in these products would provide a reduction of approximately 4,000 tons per year for the counties in nonattainment for PM-2.5. Once the rules go into effect, manufacturers and suppliers would be required to provide only low-VOC product formulations for sale and distribution in the affected counties.
Utah has consulted with national trade associations affected by the proposed rules. These stakeholders generally support requirements contained in the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) 2014 Model Rule for Consumer Products, which is part of a regional effort to reduce ozone levels in the Northeast. Many states have already enacted VOC limitations on a wide range of consumer products.
INFO: Contact Joel Karmazyn or at 801-536-4423.