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newsrel -- 19 Consumer Products Companies fined for air quality violations

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 10:18:42
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board: http://bit.ly/1rDEaPx


June 26, 2014



Antonio Leaks
(916) 322-2990

19 Consumer Products Companies fined for air quality violations

Settlement of 19 cases generates $233,175 for pollution control 

SACRAMENTO – The Air Resources Board (ARB) has announced today
that it has settled 19 cases in the second half of 2013 involving
air quality violations by companies manufacturing or selling
consumer products that exceeded California’s standards for smog
contributing gases known as volatile organic compounds. The
products ranged from nail polish removers and bathroom cleaners
to charcoal lighter materials and air fresheners. The violations
amounted to over 11 tons of excess VOC emissions.

The amount collected went to the California Air Pollution Control
Fund to support air quality projects and research to improve
California’s air quality.

“Consumers unknowingly contribute to ozone formation when they
purchase non-compliant items, which is why companies must sell
products that adhere to ARB regulations that help protect air
quality,” said ARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden. 

The fines totaled $233,175. The five companies paying the highest
amounts were:

•	Bumble and bumble - $88,000
•	Wal-Mart - $34,000
•	Stoner- $16,500
•	Alterna - $12,850
•	Adoro & Triple Image - $12,000

The 14 other companies with fines totaling $69,825 were: 

•	Dave X Labs
•	Lundmark Wax
•	Strength of Nature
•	PLZ Aeroscience
•	Turtle Wax
•	Solo Fragrances
•	C&S Wholesale
•	K Hall Studio
•	Unelko
•	Permatex(ITW)
•	Sullivan & Sprayway
•	Un-du Products
•	Sorbie Distributing
•	Aquiesse

Volatile organic compounds are gases released from solids and
liquids, contributing to ozone formation once released into the
air. These gases can be found  in a number of products such as
paints, wood preservatives, aerosol sprays, cleansers and
disinfectants, air fresheners, stored fuels, automotive products,
and more.

For more information on ARB’s consumer products regulations, see:


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