SACRAMENTO - The Air Resources Board announced that since January of this year, it has settled 26 cases involving air quality violations by companies manufacturing or selling consumer products that exceeded California’s standards for smog contributing gases known as volatile organic compounds. The excess in emissions of VOCs from these settlements amounted to over 24 tons.
The amount collected went to the California Air Pollution Control Fund to support air quality projects and research to improve California’s air quality.
“With volatile organic compounds present in products we use every day, it is essential for companies to comply with ARB’s air quality regulations,” said ARB Enforcement Chief James Ryden. “Companies can control the composition of the products they sell, which limits the emissions and benefits us all.”
The fines totaled $377,950. The four companies paying the highest amounts were:
Volatile organic compounds are gases released from solids and liquids, contributing to ozone formation once released into the air. These gases can be found in a number of products such as paints, wood preservatives, aerosol sprays, cleansers and disinfectants, air fresheners, stored fuels and automotive products, and more.
For more information on ARB’s consumer products regulations, see: https://www.arb.ca.gov/consprod/consprod.htm
CARB is the lead agency in California for cleaning up the air and fighting climate change to attain and maintain health-based air quality standards. Its mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through the effective reduction of air and climate pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy.