The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) held a workgroup meeting at district headquarters on June 22, 2017 on Rule 1168 Adhesives & Sealants.
SCAQMD had suspended this rulemaking in 2014. In May of this year, its staff announced that they were reopening the development of amendments to Rule 1168, which drastically affect Consumer Product Adhesives & Sealants, as well as Aerosol Adhesives. The amendments target all Consumer Adhesives not regulated by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Currently, we do not know all the products that will be affected, although we do know that Foam Insulating Sealants and Clear/Paintable/Water Resistant Caulks will be regulated.
In addition, SCAQMD is placing prohibition of use on all Consumer Adhesive used in the manufacturing process. Also, Aerosol Adhesive will be restricted to sixteen ounces per day in the manufacturing process. SCAQMD has set these restrictions, but has not accounted for any reductions from these restrictions. It appears that this is a regulation that does not serve a purpose; SCAQMD is setting a regulation just to say that the products are regulated, without any environmental benefit. In addition to the above, there will be label requirements and reporting requirements. This is a real problem for Consumer Products. If SCAQMD does this to Adhesives & Sealants, what will be its next target?
Also troubling is that SCAQMD is on a fast track to adopt this regulation, with a proposed adoption date of October of 2017. SCAQMD does not need these reductions until 2023. Industry needs to be heard on this issue. There was another workgroup meeting is in July; more on that in an upcoming issue.
No news yet on the Multi-purpose Lubricant Report required to be submitted to CARB staff, who will then determine if the future effective limit of 10% volatile organic compounds (VOC) on 12/31/2018 is technologically feasible. Currently, we only have eighteen months before the effective date. Hopefully, CARB staff will give Industry some news soon.
Senate Bill 258, which deals with ingredient disclosure, is still being amended. Industry proponents of the bill and the author’s office are working on trying to get some kind of workable bill. Industry is very worried about Confidential Business Information (CBI) being disclosed.
Federal Ozone Standard delayed
On June 6, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provided a one-year extension for the deadline to make final designation of attainment or non-attainment areas with the 2015 Ozone Standard.
The new timeline gives EPA until October 2018 to make fine decisions on areas that fail to meet the new 70 parts per billion (ppb) ozone standard.
This is good news; it should give states longer to come into compliance. Also, this will likely delay the states from taking further action to regulate Consumer Products.
Maryland proposes amendments
On June 27, 2017 the Maryland Dept. of the Environment held a public hearing on amendments to its Consumer Products rule. The amendments included eleven new VOC standards and more stringent restrictions for fifteen current standards. In addition, there will be restrictions on the use of Methylene Chloride, Perchloroethylene and Trichloroethylene. These changes are consistent with the Ozone Transport Commission Model Rule.
The only real opposition to this rule is the effective date. The agency is proposing 1/1/2018 and Industry is asking for 5/1/2018. This is to allow manufacturers more time to prepare for the changes. The agency will let Industry know the outcome in August or September.