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newsrel -- Settlement with Liquid Nails Manufacturer

Posted: 30 Mar 2007 11:56:38
Please consider the following Air Resources Board press release
announcing the recent settlement with Macco Adhesives.  You can
review the release online at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr033007.htm .
Thank You
Dimitri Stanich

Release 07-14  	   	   	 
March 30, 2007 	  	

Jerry Martin
Dimitri Stanich
(916) 322-2990

$225,000 Settlement Reached with Liquid Nails Manufacturer

SACRAMENTO- The California Air Resources Board (ARB) announced
today that it has reached a $225,000 settlement with Macco
Adhesives, owned by The Glidden Company, for their role in
distributing in 316,231 units of Liquid Nails Clear Small
Projects & Repair Adhesive with volatile organic compound
emissions that exceeded clean air regulations.

"ARB worked with industry to establish these limitations," said
ARB Executive Officer, Catherine Witherspoon. "Controlling
emissions of volatile organic compounds from these products does
not reduce their effectiveness yet protects the health and
economy of California."

During an inspection ARB enforcement officers discovered that
Macco Adhesives had supplied, offered for sale, and manufactured
for sale in California 316,231 units of their Liquid Nails Clear
Small Projects & Repair Adhesive product with an amount of
volatile organic compounds (VOC) that exceeded limits set by
regulation. California limits the amount of VOCs in consumer
products because once VOCs are emitted into the atmosphere they
react with other pollutants and sunlight to form ground-level
ozone and particulate matter (PM 10), the main ingredients in

Ozone exposure is associated with symptoms such as coughing,
chest tightness, shortness of breath, and the worsening of
asthma symptoms. Particulate matter is among the most harmful of
all air pollutants. When inhaled these particles evade the
respiratory system's natural defenses and lodge deep in the
lungs. Health problems begin as the body reacts to these foreign
particles and can increase the number and severity of asthma
attacks, cause or aggravate bronchitis and other lung diseases,
and reduce the body's ability to fight infections. Reducing VOC
emissions from consumer products therefore plays an integral
part in ARB's effort to reduce smog in California.

All monies are being paid to the California Air Pollution
Control Fund (APCF). The APCF was established to mitigate
various sources of pollution through education and the
advancement and use of cleaner technology. This fund uses
compliance settlement fees to support various pollution-related
research projects and related programs. The Legislature controls
the use of the APCF through the annual Budget Act.

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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