February 2016

CARB seeks survey draft comments by Feb. 26

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff has posted draft 2013 data from the Consumer and Commercial Products Survey (Survey) for public review.

 

The draft data are presented in two spreadsheets.  The first spreadsheet is a list of chemical assignments for the volatile organic compounds (VOCs), low vapor pressure volatile organic compounds (LVP-VOCs) and exempt volatile organic compounds (eVOCs) that were reported to ARB as part of the Survey.

 

The second spreadsheet presents a list of down-the-drain categories for which ARB staff applied an emission adjustment factor.  Also, an updated list of all responsible party companies that reported products for each survey category is presented.

 

The newly posted materials are available on the Consumer Products Program Webpage at:  http://www.arb.ca.gov/consprod/regact/2013surv/2013main.htm.  In a few months ARB staff plans to release 2013 emissions data and ingredient profiles.  Please send any comments regarding this document to [email protected] by COB Friday,

February 26, 2016.  In the subject line of the email, please use “Draft 2013 Data Comments.”

 

Also, please note the upcoming dates:

 

  1. On May 1, 2016 preliminary fee letters will be sent out to all companies subject to the Consumer Products Fee.  This year the 2013 Survey data will be used for the fee calculation so there may be some companies that are added to the program and others that may no longer be over the fee emissions threshold of 250 tons of VOC per year.

 

  1. On July 1, 2016 reporting of 2015 data begins.  To kickoff off this process a webinar is scheduled on July 6, 2016 at 10am PST.  To register, please click on this link:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2508322842602324481.

 

CARB’s Consumer Products Program is a key part of overall efforts to reduce the amount of smog-forming VOCs, toxic air contaminants, and greenhouse gasses that are emitted from the use of chemically formulated consumer products in California.  ARB’s Consumer Products Regulations have resulted in reduced statewide emissions from consumer products by an estimated 50 percent since 1990.  ARB’s Survey is an important step in collecting information on consumer products that are sold or supplied for use in California.  The data collected from the Survey are designed to support the statewide consumer product inventory, speciation profiles used in criteria pollutant modelling, and future rulemakings.

 

If you have any questions about the draft 2013 data or have general questions regarding the Consumer Products Program, please contact [email protected].  General information about the Consumer Products Program is also available here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/consprod/consprod.htm.