Written on: December 1, 2018 by Doug Raymond
On Oct. 9, 2018, the Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of the petitions from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Honeywell International and Chemours to review the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia (DC) decision to overturn the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Rule 20.
The DC circuit determination invalidated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Snap Rule 20. The EPA earlier this year vacated Rule 20. Regarding the DC Appeals decision, the NRDC argued in its petition that “allowing it to stand would gut the EPA’s authority, harm the agency’s ability to fight climate change and disincentives investments in safer products, which would hurt proactive companies.” Honeywell and Chemours argued that invalidating the SNAP Rule 20 undermines the more than $1 billion they and their suppliers invested in hydrofluorocarbons (HFC)-substitutes.
California, as reported last issue, adopted into California law the SNAP Rule 20. Other states are moving that way. In addition, the EPA is scheduled to release a new rule on HFC in January of 2019. Therefore, if you use HFC-124a, the saga continues. Also, do not forget Canada’s rule on HFC-134a becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2019.
New substitutes approved
On Oct. 4, 2018, the EPA published a list of acceptable substitutes for several sectors. For the Aerosol sector, HFO-1336 mzz(z) was determined acceptable for precision cleaning and aerosol solvents. This is something to look into.
The Colorado Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) held a stakeholder meeting on Nov. 13 in Denver to discuss and hear comments concerning volatile organic compound (VOC) regulations pertaining to Consumer Products and Architectural & Industrial Maintenance (AIM) Coatings. APCD discussed potential rulemakings to reduce VOC emissions in these categories. It also discussed Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) model rules. More to come on these issues.
The Rhode Island Dept. of Environmental Management (RIDEM) issued a proposed amendment to its Consumer Product rule. The amendments are consistent with OTC Model Rule 4 (2012/2013 OTC Model). RIDEM originally proposed the regulation to become effective on 1/1/2019. This was a very short time to comply. The effective date was then changed to 1/1/2020 due to Industry comments.
CARB suggests Control Measure
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is proposing to update its suggested Control Measure (SCM) on AIM Coatings. The first workshop was held in Sacramento on Nov. 7, 2018. The outcome of this workshop will be reported next month.
CARB Survey results
We are still awaiting the release of the results from the 2015 Consumer Products Survey, which are expected this month. Additionally, CARB Staff has stated it will also release some fragrance data as well.
After the release and review of the survey data, we can likely expect to start the next rulemaking in the second quarter of 2019.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All! This year has gone by quickly; 2019 promises to be another full year of regulatory activity. SPRAY