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consprod -- Regulatory Advisory on Automotive Windshield Washer Fluid Products

Posted: 07 Dec 2012 09:55:41
The Air Resources Board staff has posted a regulatory advisory to
inform interested parties about recent amendments to the Consumer
Products Regulation regarding Automotive Windshield Washer Fluid
to better address winter driving conditions at:.

On October 18, 2012, the Air Resources Board (ARB/Board) approved
for adoption amendments to the Consumer Products Regulation
pertaining to Automotive Windshield Washer Fluid (AWWF) products.

The amendments revise the current definition of Type A areas
pertaining to AWWF products to include additional mountainous
areas that routinely experience freezing temperatures in the
winter.  The amendments allow the sale of ready-to-use AWWF
products with a volatile organic compound (VOC) content of up to
25 percent by weight in these new areas.  The new Type A areas
are identified by ZIP code.

The amendments also clarify the existing Type A areas by
listing these areas by county name rather than by air basin.  In
addition, the amendments allow instructions to be included on the
label of dilutable products to advise consumers to dilute the
product to Type A specifications when traveling to areas where
freezing temperatures are expected. 

The advisory is intended to notify consumers, retailers,
distributors, and AWWF manufacturers that it is the Boards
intent to allow AWWF products with a VOC content of up to 25
percent by weight to be offered for sale in these new areas
beginning December 1, 2012, so that they are available to
consumers this winter.  As such, ARB will not be enforcing the 1
percent by weight VOC limit that would otherwise be in effect in
the areas added to Type A, but will be enforcing the 25 percent

More information about AWWF products is available at the
following address: 

More information about the Consumer Products Program is available
at the following address: 

If you have questions, please contact Mr. Jose Gomez at (916)
324-8033 or jgomez@arb.ca.gov.

Background:  ARBs Consumer Products Program is an important part
of overall efforts to reduce the amount of smog-forming volatile
organic compounds, toxic air contaminants and greenhouse gases
that are emitted from the use of chemically formulated consumer

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