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newsrel -- ARB accepts $460,000 to settle clean-air violations

Posted: 18 Jan 2011 14:34:43
Wurth, USA and Armstrong Flooring sold products that exceeded
state standards for ozone-causing chemicals
. Release 11-04

NEWS RELEASE 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: January 18, 2011

CONTACT:	Dimitri Stanich
(916) 322-2990
www.arb.ca.gov


ARB accepts $460,000 to settle clean-air violations
Wurth, USA and Armstrong Flooring sold products that exceeded
state standards for ozone-causing chemicals

SACRAMENTO:  The Air Resources Board announced today $460,256 in
settlements with two companies for violations of consumer
products rules that protect air quality.

The money goes to the California Air Pollution Control Fund for
projects and research to improve the state’s air quality.

“ARB has a long and cooperative history working with
manufacturers to reduce VOC emissions,” said ARB Executive
Officer James Goldstene. “These efforts have reduced statewide
emissions by over 225 tons per day.”

California limits volatile organic compounds to reduce ground
level ozone. Volatile organic compounds mix with other air
pollutants, and when exposed to sunlight, form ozone, also known
as smog. Ozone inflames the respiratory tract, causes coughing,
chest tightness and aggravation of asthma symptoms, and poses a
serious threat to sufferers of cardio-pulmonary disease. Ozone
can also substantially damage crops, forests and native plants.

Armstrong Hardwood Flooring Company, of Pennsylvania, was fined
$228,000 for distributing 35,700 gallons of Bruce’s Hardwood &
Laminate Floor Cleaner that exceeded the state’s maximum
allowance of VOCs. The company has reformulated the product and
is currently selling the corrected version in California. 

Wurth, USA, of Ramsey, N.J, was fined $232,256 for distributing
units of its lubricant saBesto HHS 2000 which contained levels of
VOCs that exceeded allowable limits. When confronted with the
violations, Wurth undertook a thorough review of its product line
and, coupled with ongoing inquiries by ARB, discovered that 43
additional products they distributed in California violated state
regulations. 



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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