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newsrel -- Finish Line pays $157,000 to Air Resources Board for air quality violations

Posted: 31 May 2013 15:16:17
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/newsrelease.php?id=438

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEWS RELEASE 13-26

May 31, 2013

CONTACT:

Melanie Turner
(916) 322-2990
Melanie.Turner@arb.ca.gov

Finish Line pays $157,000 to Air Resources Board for air quality
violations

Bicycle chain lubricants and products not in compliance with ARB
regulations

SACRAMENTO ó Finish Line Technologies Inc., a leading
manufacturer of bicycle chain lubricants and other bicycle
maintenance products, has agreed to pay a penalty of $157,000 for
violating consumer products regulations that protect air quality,
the Air Resources Board announced today.

The Hauppauge, N.Y.-based company agreed to pay the penalty as
part of an April 15 negotiated settlement agreement to resolve
allegations by the Air Resources Board that multiple products
manufactured by Finish Line exceeded state limits for volatile
organic compounds.

These compounds are regulated by the Air Resources Board because
they react with other pollutants under sunlight to form
ground-level ozone, a main ingredient in smog. As a result of
direct sales to consumers, the products in question contributed
an estimated 12.3 tons of excess volatile organic compounds to
Californiaís air.

During routine inspections at retail outlets in California in
2009 and 2010, enforcement division staff purchased multiple
products made by Finish Line, which makes a number of bicycle
maintenance products, from bicycle chain lubricants to drivetrain
degreasers.

The products were tested by ARBís laboratory and found to have
exceeded the limits for volatile organic compounds for their
respective product categories.

The Air Resources Board alleged that seven Finish Line products
in all, including Finish Line Citrus Degreaser and White Lighting
Clean Streak, did not comply with the stateís consumer products
regulations.
 
Finish Line cooperated with the investigation and quickly
reformulated its products to comply with the regulation. As part
of the settlement, Finish Line also agreed not to sell, supply or
offer for sale for use in California, any consumer products in
violation of ARB consumer products regulations.

For more information about the Consumer Products Program, go to
http://www.arb.ca.gov/consprod/consprod.htm.


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