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newsrel -- Unilever fined $362,500 for sales of hair products that violate California's air pollution laws

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 12:04:51
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board: http://bit.ly/1n5emdB

June 2, 2014



Melanie Turner
(916) 322-2990

Unilever fined $362,500 for sales of hair products that violate
California’s air pollution laws

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board today announced
that Conopco Inc. has agreed to settle two cases with fines
totaling $362,500 for violations of air quality laws related to
the sale of hair styling products in California.

Conopco does business as Unilever and is a subsidiary of Unilever
PLC, a multinational consumer goods company with U.S.
headquarters in New Jersey. 

Unilever agreed to pay the fine as part of settling two cases
with the Air Resources Board after separate ARB investigations
revealed that two products manufactured and offered for sale in
California by Alberto-Culver Co. contained illegal levels of
volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In both cases the products —
Motions Oil Sheen & Conditioning Spray and TreSemme Root Busting
Spray — exceeded a 6 percent VOC limit under a state consumer
products regulation.

VOC compounds are regulated by the ARB because they react with
other pollutants under sunlight to form ground-level ozone, a
main ingredient in smog.

“When consumers statewide use products that do not comply with
California’s standards, they unknowingly release significant
quantities of smog-forming chemicals into the atmosphere,” said
ARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden. “These violations by Unilever
impact air quality and public health.”

The case was a repeat violation of California’s consumer products
regulations for both Unilever and Alberto-Culver, which Unilever
purchased in May 2011. The settlement was enhanced as a result,
but also reduced in part because Unilever purchased the
manufacturer of the product and cooperated with the

The products were sold in California for more than a year. In
each case, ARB staff discovered the violations after purchasing
and testing the hair styling products during routine

ARB estimated that about 17 tons of excess VOCs were emitted as a
result of direct sales to consumers of the two products. The case
involving Motions Oil Sheen & Conditioning Spray, which resulted
in most of those emissions, was settled for $355,000. The second
agreement, covering VOC violation for TreSemme Root Busting
Spray, was settled for $7,500.

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