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consprod -- Subject: Windshield Washer Fluid Use in Freezing Weather Posted: 20 Jan 2012 15:02:11
ARB staff is providing guidance on the use of automotive windshield washer fluids (AWWF) in California areas that occasionally experience freezing temperatures but are not classified as Type A areas, and for people travelling from warmer to potentially-freezing areas. For this information please visit the ARB webpage here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/consprod/regact/awwf/awwf.htm . For the complete Consumer Products Regulation go to: http://www.arb.ca.gov/consprod/regs/gencpregs.htm. General information about the Consumer Products Program is available at the following address: http://www.arb.ca.gov/consprod/consprod.htm. Background: ARB’s Consumer Products Program is an important part of efforts to reduce the emissions of smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOC), toxic air contaminants, and greenhouse gases from chemically formulated consumer products. In warm weather VOCs can lead to the formation of ozone; and historically AWWFs had unnecessarily high concentrations that made them substantial contributors to ground level ozone.. To reduce these VOCs emissions, AWWFs are now regulated according to the regions of California where they are sold: “Type A” and Non-Type A areas. “Type A” areas are regions of the State which typically experience freezing temperatures and require higher VOC content to prevent the fluid from freezing in the reservoir or when applied to the windshield. The current limits are 25% VOC for Type A areas and 1% VOC for all other areas. If you have any questions or comments regarding the materials posted, please contact Mr. Femi Olaluwoye at (916) 327-1503 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org