Dear Sir or Madam:

On October 17, 2000, Air Resources Board (ARB) staff will be conducting a public workshop on possible amendments to the Alternative Control Plan (ACP) regulation (Title 17, California Code of Regulations, Sections 94540-94555). The ACP regulation provides an alternative market-based method to comply with the volatile organic compound (VOC) standards for consumer products and aerosol coating products. The ACP regulation is an emissions averaging program or "bubble" which ensures that the total VOC emissions from products selected by participating manufacturers do not exceed the emission level that would occur if the products were reformulated to meet the limits in the consumer products regulation. The ACP regulation provides a high degree of flexibility while preserving the emission reductions achieved with the existing consumer products regulation.

At the workshop, we will be presenting potential concepts for changes to the ACP regulation. The staff considers the workshop scoping in nature and welcomes additional suggestions for possible changes. We are also requesting your assistance in completing the enclosed voluntary survey to help improve the ACP regulation. If you wish to receive additional information on the ACP regulation or be added to a mailing list, please complete the first part of the survey. The second part of the survey seeks additional input on the shortcomings and benefits of the current ACP regulation and potential concepts for modifying the ACP regulation. We would appreciate receiving completed surveys prior to October 6, 2000, so that we can use the results as a catalyst for further discussion at the workshop.

The workshop will be held at the time and location as shown below:

  Date: October 17, 2000
  Time: 10:00 a.m.
  Location: California Air Resources Board
    2020 L Street
    4th Floor Conference Room 469
    Sacramento, California

We welcome your participation in the development of amendments to the ACP regulation. If you have any questions regarding the public workshop or the proposed changes, please contact Mr. Steve Giorgi, Manager, Implementation Section, at (916) 322-9148 or Ms. Stella Ling-Taylor at (916) 322-5911. This facility is accessible to persons with disabilities. If accommodation is needed, please contact Ms. Kathy Spring at (916) 323-3485 by October 6, 2000. Persons with hearing or speech impairments can contact us by using our Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (916) 324-9431, or (800) 700-8326 for TDD calls from outside the Sacramento area.

Janette Brooks, Chief
Air Quality Measures Branch

cc: Mr. Steve Giorgi
  Manager, Implementation Section
  Stationary Source Division
  Mr. Stella Ling-Taylor
  Implementation Section
  Stationary Source Division
  Ms. Kathy Spring
  Air Quality Measures Branch
  Stationary Source Division

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