PurposeBuilt Brands, Inc. Settlement
PurposeBuilt Brands, Inc. Settles For $170,250
In January 2022, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reached a settlement with PurposeBuilt Brands, Inc. (PBB), with its principal location in Gurnee, Illinois, in the amount of $170,250, for the company’s violation of CARB’s air quality regulations. Of the total amount, $101,089.37 will be deposited into CARB’s Air Pollution Control Fund, which provides funding for projects and research to improve California's air quality. The remaining amount of $69,160.63 will fund the Supplemental Environment Project (SEP) entitled Installation of Air Filtration Systems - Coachella Valley Adult School. This SEP provides for the installation and maintenance of high-performance air filtration systems.
CARB staff conducted an investigation revealing that PBB sold, supplied, offered for sale and/or manufactured a general purpose cleaner for use in California containing a concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOC) that exceeded the standard specified in the Consumer Products Regulation (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 17, § 94507 et. seq.). The VOC violation resulted in 11.15 tons of excess VOC emissions, based on a penalty of $15,000 per ton. In addition, the product did not display a date of manufacture on the container, a violation of Cal. Code Regs., tit. 17, § 94512(b), which resulted in an additional $3,000 in penalty.
To come into compliance, PBB stopped shipping the cleaning product for use in California until the product is compliant, which will include modifications to the label and inclusion of a date of manufacture code. The company fully cooperated with CARB to resolve this matter.