|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 1998
|CONTACT:|| Jerry Martin
ARB Settles Kiwi Brands and COSTCO Corporation
Consumer Products Enforcement Cases
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) today announced two settlements
have been reached regarding the sale of consumer products that violated
the state's air quality standards. One of the settlements involved Kiwi
Brands for approximately $130,000 and the other with COSTCO Corporation
ARB Chairman John Dunlap said, "These settlement agreements illustrate ARB's commitment to cleaning up emissions from consumer products in California. This includes working closely with product manufacturers, distributors and retailers to assure that these exceedances do not occur again."
The Kiwi Brands settlement
agreement stems from routine ARB inspections, which took place in Southern
California during January 1997. ARB inspectors found that between January
1995 and January 1997 there were approximately 7,500 containers of Kiwi
Camp Dry Protectants, a fabric protectant, sold and/or manufactured for
sale in California, that exceeded state limits for volatile organic compounds
(VOCs). VOCs react in the atmosphere to form ground-level ozone, one of
the most harmful components of smog.
The COSTCO settlement originated from ARB inspections that began in 1994 and ended in 1996. ARB inspectors found hair spray products made by Sebastian, Redken and Joico, that exceeded state VOC standards. These requirements, in effect since 1993, limit hair spray products to no more than 80 percent VOC content.
Both Kiwi Brands and
COSTCO Corporation agreed not to sell in California any consumer products
that violate state air regulations. As part of the settlement agreement,
Kiwi Brands has agreed to pay the full settlement amount of $133,740 to
the ARB. COSTCO has agreed to pay $10,000 to the ARB and $15,000 to the
Hesperia Unified School District in Hesperia, California, for a special
student produced video production on air quality.
Last July the ARB adopted new standards for 18 categories of consumer products that include more than 3,000 individual products. These include auto wax, rubbing and polishing compounds, carpet and upholstery cleaners, floor wax strippers and spot removers. As the new regulations are phased in through 2005, emissions from these products will be reduced by about 16 tons per day.
The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. 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 standards.
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