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Project at a Glance

Project Status: complete

Report Published September 1994:

Title: Survey of emissions from solvent use. Volume I: aerosol paints, Volume II: architectural coatings.

Principal Investigator / Author(s): Orban, John E

Contractor: Battelle

Contract Number: A132-086

Research Program Area: Emissions Monitoring & Control

Topic Areas: Stationary Sources


The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is required under section 41712 of the California Health and Safety Code to develop regulations controlling the emissions of volatile organic compounds (WC) from aerosol coating products packaged in disposable cans and dispensed by means of a propellant. In February 1993, the ARB mailed survey questionnaires to companies that potentially sold aerosol coating products in California. Information requested from the companies included coating category, type of use, and product composition (weight percent of VOCs, solids, water, and other components). Fifty-eight companies reported sales of 17.6 million pounds of aerosol paints in California during 1992. Approximately 91% of the aerosol paints sold in California are solvent-based and 9% are water-based. Products were classified into seven "general" and 27 "specialty" coating categories. Fifty-five percent of the products were classified as non-flat paints, 27% were classified in six other general categories, and 18% were classified as specialty coatings. Total emissions were estimated to be 13.5 million pounds of VOCs. The sales weighted average VOC content of the products in the survey was 77% by weight. The ARB will use the results of the survey to better understand the aerosol paint marketplace and to evaluate the emissions and cost impacts of proposed standard.


For questions regarding this research project, including available data and progress status, contact: Heather Choi at (916) 322-3893

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