2009 Thinners and Solvents - Consumer Products Regulatory Work Group Activity

This page last reviewed May 20, 2010

This page contains documents related to the "informal" events that pertain to the "Amendments to the Consumer Products Regulation" related to Paint Thinners, Multi-purpose Solvents, and Double Phase Aerosol Air Fresheners.  "Informal" regulatory activity refers to all activity that is NOT directly involved in the formal rulemaking process. This ongoing subject area may or may not lead to a formal rulemaking process. By clicking on an item below, you can access documents associated with the particular area of interest.

ACTIVITIES



September 24, 2009
The 2009 Amendments have reached the Formal Rulemaking process.

August 6, 2009
The Initial Statement of Reasons for the Proposed Amendments to the Consumer Products Regulation has been posted.

August 4, 2009
The ARB will hold a workshop to discuss proposed amendments to tables of MIR (reactivity) values for VOCs, at ARB’s Monitoring & Laboratory Division building, 1927 13 Street Sacramento. Workshop and teleconference details are at the following web address: http://www.arb.ca.gov/consprod/regact/tscpwg/tscpwg.htm The Proposed Amendments to MIR Tables have been posted.

August 3, 2009
We have posted the presentation for the August 4th Consumer Products Regulation Amendments Public Workshop.  The categories proposed for regulation at the September 2009 Board Hearing include Double Phase Aerosol Air Fresheners, Multi-purpose Solvents, and Paint Thinners.

July 28, 2009
We have posted the proposed amendments to the Consumer Products Regulation that we intend to discuss at the public workshop scheduled for August 4th, 2009.

July 16, 2009
We have posted the announcement letter for the August 4, 2009, public workshop for the Consumer Products Regulation Amendments.

May 5, 2009
Consideration of the adoption of the proposed Consumer Products Regulation Amendments has been rescheduled for the September 24 and 25, 2009, Board Hearing.  The Consumer Products Regulation Amendments' Initial Statement of Reasons (Staff Report) will be available for public comment on August 7, 2009.

April 1, 2009
We have posted the Revised Staff Proposal for Consumer Products Regulation Amendments, (which includes revised draft category standards), the draft proposed amendments to the Consumer Products Regulation, (strikeout underline version of the Consumer Products Regulation), Proposed Changes to Method 310, and the workshop presentation.  The categories proposed for regulation at the September 2009 Board Hearing include Paint Thinners, Multi-purpose Solvents, and Double Phase Aerosol Air Fresheners.  Please use these materials for the April 1, 2009, public workshop.

March 18, 2009
We have posted the announcement letter for the April 1, 2009, public workshop for the Consumer Products Regulation Amendments.  

March 5, 2009
We have posted the draft staff proposal for category standards and definitions for the Consumer Products Regulation Amendments.  The categories proposed for regulation include Paint Thinners, Multi-purpose Solvents, and Double Phase Aerosol Air Fresheners.  These items will be discussed in detail at the next Consumer Products Public Workshop which is tentatively scheduled to be held in April.  The workshop announcement letter, including teleconference options, will be posted to this website when a date and time are confirmed.  The workshop is an opportunity for interested parties to work with ARB staff to take comments on the staff proposal and to address questions regarding the 2009 rulemaking process.

Technical Review Commitment – We intend to commit to perform a technical assessment in mid-2012 to assess manufacturers’ progress towards developing low VOC Thinners and Solvents that utilize ingredients other than acetone.  We are also evaluating measures that will address flammability concerns of acetone based products and intend to propose measures to address the potential hazards as a result of the second tier, 3 percent VOC limit for paint thinners. 

Reactivity Approach Evaluation – We commit to continue our assessment of a reactivity-based maximum incremental reactivity limits for Thinners and Solvents.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the draft staff proposal or definitions, please contact Trish Johnson at (916) 445-3365, or David Mallory at (916) 445-8316.

November 4, 2008
The “Announcement Letter for the Paint Thinner and Multi-purpose Solvent Survey Update” along and the “ Survey Update Forms ” have been posted.  Please contact Trish Johnson at (916) 445-3365 with any questions.

August 22, 2008
The Meeting AgendaDraft Issues for Discussion Table, and a list of Interested Parties' Comments for the Paint Thinner and Multi-Purpose Solvent Work Group Meeting has been posted.



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