California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff conducted a webinar on June 19 concerning the Consumer Products Survey Data from 2013 and 2014. The scope of the surveys is very impressive. An overview included:
- 491 categories each year
- 1,400 companies reporting each year
- 580,000 products reported each year
- 5.4 million ingredients for both years
This is a massive amount of data for CARB to have collected and reviewed. The webinar lasted a little over an hour with approximately 80 participants. CARB reviewed all of the documents they have released, which can be found at https://www.arb.ca.gov/consprod/survey/survey.htm.
CARB staff explained all the columns in the documents and how the numbers were arrived at. These documents contain a vast amount of information. For example, one document shows the categories and provides volatile organic compounds (VOC) tons per day (TPD) and also provides the ozone created in tons per day. This type of information is extremely interesting and provides the agency and industry the information needed to develop further regulations. This data will allow the aerosol industry to see where the largest VOC reductions will come from. In addition, it allows CARB to accurately account for all emission reductions.
There was a Q&A period after CARB reviewed the documents. One major question was whether CARB categorized products; the answer was “yes.”
CARB is requesting that industry review this data in detail and get back to them with any changes or comments (due by Aug. 1, 2018). I doubt we can do this by the deadline.
Remember this is the data that will be used for the next rulemaking. The presentation can be viewed at https://www.arb.ca.gov/consprod/webinar_june_19_2018_presentation.pdf