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newsrel -- Cleaning products manufacturer and distributor fined $113,000 for air quality violations

Posted: 24 Jan 2014 15:11:02
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board:



News Release 14-05

January 24, 2014

Melanie Turner
(916) 322-2990

Cleaning products manufacturer and distributor fined $113,000 for
air quality violations

Carbon-Off! illegally contained toxic chemicals and exceeded
content limits for VOCs

The California Air Resources Board has fined Valley Park,
Mo.-based GMI LLC $113,000 for selling Carbon-Off! products that
contained a toxic air contaminant and exceeded state emissions
limits for volatile organic compounds.

“ARB is vigilant about ensuring that products sold to consumers
in California meet the standards for smog-causing chemicals,”
said ARB Enforcement Chief Jim Ryden. “It is equally important
that the consumer products do not contain toxic chemicals.”

GMI, which does business as Discovery Products, manufacturers,
packages and distributes cleaning products to the food service
industry worldwide.

An investigation by the ARB last year revealed that GMI violated
a toxic air contaminant prohibition in the ARB’s consumer
products regulation by selling oven cleaner products that
contained methylene chloride. Products in the “Oven or Grill
Cleaner” category are prohibited from containing methylene
chloride and other toxic air contaminants.

The products also exceeded volatile organic compound content
limits for both aerosol and non-aerosol products in the category.
VOCs are regulated by the ARB because they react with other
pollutants under sunlight to form ground-level ozone, a main
ingredient in smog. Reducing VOC emissions from consumer products
plays a significant part in ARB’s effort to reduce smog in

As a result of direct sales to consumers, the Carbon-Off!
contributed approximately 5.5 tons of excess methylene chloride
emissions and 0.6 tons of excess VOC emissions to California’s
air over a 14-month period.

GMI, which purchased the brand in August 2011, initiated a recall
of the products from its California retail customers, acquired
sales information from downstream retailers and distributors and
otherwise fully cooperated with ARB in this matter. The company
agreed to pay $113,000 to settle the case, a penalty consistent
with penalties that ARB has imposed in similar cases. 

ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare,
and ecological resources through effective reduction of air
pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the
economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in
California to attain and maintain health based air quality

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