State of California

Summary of Board Meeting
May 25, 2000

Air Resources Board
Board Hearing Room, Lower Level
2020 "L" Street
Sacramento, California

MEMBERS PRESENT: Hons.   Alan C. Lloyd, Ph.D., Chairman
Dr. William A. Burke
Joseph C. Calhoun, P.E.
Doreen D'Adamo
Mark DeSaulnier
C. Hugh Friedman
William F. Friedman, M.D.
Matthew R. McKinnon
Barbara Patrick
Barbara Riordan


00-5-1 Public Hearing to Consider Adoption of Proposed Amendments to the California Consumer Products Regulation Relating to Aerosol Adhesives


Staff proposed amendments to the California consumer products regulation that would establish new volatile organic compound (VOC) standards for aerosol adhesives. Staff's proposal responds to Health and Safety Code (HSC) section 41712 that requires the Air Resources Board (ARB) to hold a public hearing on or before July 1, 2000, on the need for, and the feasibility of, establishing a more stringent standard for aerosol adhesives than the existing 75 percent VOC limit.

The staff proposal would eliminate the future effective 25 percent by weight VOC standard, establish new VOC limits for three categories of aerosol adhesives, prohibit the use of MeCl, Perc, and TCE in aerosol adhesives, and establish new labeling and reporting requirements.

At the hearing, the staff proposed some minor modifications to the original proposal to clarify the definitions for flexible vinyl and high pressure laminate, streamline the labeling and reporting requirements, add a new automotive under-hood definition in the special purpose category, and clarify the 3 year sell-through provision for products formulated with MeCl, Perc, and TCE.

The Board approved staff's proposed amendments with the modifications as described but requested that staff report to the Board by July 1, 2004 on the feasibility of achieving lower VOC limits and that staff work with industry to determine the feasibility of expediting the sell-through provision for products containing MeCl, Perc, and TCE.


James Beardsley 3M


Approved Resolution 00-15 by a unanimous vote.


STAFF REPORT: Yes (231 pages)

Kim Wilhelm California Department of Toxic Substances Control
Michael Walsh Automotive Service Council
Steve Risotto Halogenated Solvents Industry Alliance
Aaron Lowe Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association
Charles Kennedy Kleen Tec
Paula Forbis Environmental Health Coalition
Chris Goff Evergreen Environmental Service
Ann Heil Tri-TAC
Katy Wolf Institute for Research & Technical Assistance

Approved Resolution 00-11 by a unanimous vote.


STAFF REPORT: Yes (155 pages + appendices)
00-5-2 Public Meeting to Consider Modifications to the On-Road Mobile Source Emissions Inventory EMFAC 2000


Staff proposed modifications to the emissions inventory for on-road mobile sources using the latest in a series of inventory estimation models, EMFAC2000. The emissions inventory incorporates the most recent test data and analyses available and reflects the impact of emission control measures recently adopted by the Board. The resultant emissions inventory increases emissions for most vehicle classes.

In the year 2000, the modifications would increase the estimated statewide on-road motor vehicle emissions of hydrocarbons by 56%, carbon monoxide by 54%, oxides of nitrogen by 18%, and particulate matter by 26%. In the year 2010, the modifications would increase emissions of hydrocarbons by 63%, carbon monoxide by 13%, and particulate matter by 71%. In the year 2010, oxides of nitrogen are projected to be 10% less, due in large part to the adoption of emission standards for low emission vehicles and heavy duty vehicles that were not in the previous inventory.

The Board approved the emissions inventory with several suggested staff modifications. These modifications include revising the method of forecasting the benefits of the zero emissions vehicle program, incorporating actual implementation dates for the Inspection and Maintenance program, adding technology classes for heavy-duty vehicles, correcting estimates of tire wear particulate matter emissions, and incorporating several technical changes to the evaporative emissions estimates. These modifications do not substantially affect the overall emissions inventory.

Upon completion of the modifications, a revised emissions inventory will be distributed and posted on the ARB website.


Tom Darlington Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and
Association of International
Automobile Manufacturers

Steven Douglas Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

Jim Lombardo, Sr. California Motorcycle Dealers Association

Michael Block Engine Manufacturers Association


Approved the proposed inventory, with staff's suggested modifications, by a unanimous vote.


STAFF REPORT: Yes (30 pages)
00-5-3 Public Meeting to Consider an Informational Report on Air Pollution Trends: Past Progress and Future Challenges


Staff presented an informational report on the air quality progress that has been made during the last 20 years and the challenges to continued progress during the next 20 years. Staff noted that despite the growth of the economy, population, and vehicle miles traveled during the last two decades, air pollution control regulations adopted by the Board and local districts have significantly reduced the emissions of criteria pollutants. California now meets applicable ambient air quality standards for sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, particulate lead, and particulate sulfate. The standards for carbon monoxide are now exceeded only in a couple of limited areas, and attainment is anticipated within a few years. Despite significant progress in reducing the concentrations of ozone, particulate matter (PM), and toxic air contaminants, more progress will be needed to make the air healthful with respect to these pollutants.

Continued progress is anticipated, but the rate of improvement may be slower because of several challenges, including continued growth in the face of smaller emission reductions per regulation, global industrialization, and global climate change. Global industrialization is a concern, not only because of potential pollution transport events, but also because of its effect on background concentrations of pollutants such as ozone and PM. Background concentrations of these pollutants are increasing. Currently, background concentrations of ozone and PM10 are about one-half and one-third of the respective state standards. As background concentrations increase, more regional reductions are needed to comply with ambient air quality standards. Global climate change is a concern because more extreme weather conditions and warmer temperatures would tend to increase the peak ozone concentrations upon which the control programs are based. Staff described the factors (e.g., increasing carbon dioxide concentrations) contributing to global climate change from international, national, and state perspectives. Staff noted that the Zero Emission Vehicle program provides an opportunity to reduce both criteria pollutants and greenhouse gases.


Curtis Moore Global Alliance for Clean Air

Paul Guthrie Citizen



00-5-4 Public Meeting to Consider Fiscal Year 1999-2000 Grant Awards from the Rice Straw Demonstration Project Fund


Over the last several years, ARB has administered a Rice Fund that is designed to help create a commercial market for Sacramento Valley rice straw, as the amount of rice straw that may be burned is phased down in accordance with State law (Health and Safety Code section 41865). At the meeting, staff gave a brief update on the progress of rice straw fund awards granted in fiscal years 97/98 and 98/99. The ARB has funded five projects totaling $3.1 million dollars. These projects are diverse in nature and proceeding with various degrees of success. One project, FiberTech, is in full commercial operation manufacturing particle board.

Following the update, the staff presented project summaries and evaluations for the seven projects requesting grants for the fiscal year 99/00. The staff recommended awarding grants to the following five project applicants for this fiscal year, in an amount totaling $1.23 million:

"Evaluation and Delivery of Rice Straw Needed for the Gridley Ethanol Plant's Startup Year of Operation," submitted by Rice Straw Cooperative, for a grant award of $380,000;

"Rice Straw Export Project," submitted by Kuhn Hay, A California Corporation, for a grant award of $402,000;

"Development of a Commercial-Scale Composting Plant," submitted by Broken Box Ranch, for a grant award of $297,900;

"Production of Ethanol From Rice Straw," submitted by Arkenol Holdings, L.L.C., for a grant award of $100,000; and,

"Rice Straw Silage Production for Cattle Feed," submitted by Smith Ranches, for a grant award of $50,100.