Unilever parent company pays $1.3 million for air quality violations
Conopco, Unilever’s parent company, sold, supplied and offered for sale
products, because of their pervasive use, contribute a growing portion of VOC
The violations resulted in significant excess emissions from volatile organic compounds. These emissions contribute to ground-level ozone, or smog. Exposure to ozone can cause lung inflammation, impaired breathing, coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and worsening of asthma symptoms. Over 90 percent of Californians still breathe unhealthy air at some time during the year.
Conopco cooperated in the investigation and will make
two equal payments of $650,000 into the California Air Pollution Control Fund for projects and research to improve
The California Clean Air Act adopted in 1988 required ARB to reduce VOC emissions from consumer products as a means to reach health-based state and federal ambient air quality standards. Deodorants, hair spray, cleaning products, spray paint, and insecticides are examples of common consumer products that are made with VOCs. Since 1988 ARB regulations have curbed these emissions by 44 percent, nearly 200 tons per day, and cut toxic air contaminants by 13 tons per day.
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