The Toxic Air Contaminant Identification and Control Act (AB 1807, Tanner 1983) created California's program to reduce exposure to air toxics. AB 1807 requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to identify substances that pose risk to Californians and to reduce exposures to their lowest possible level in consideration of cost and risk.
CARB identified ethylene oxide as a toxic air contaminant in 1987. Subsequently, in 1990, CARB adopted an airborne toxic control measure (ATCM) to reduce ethylene oxide emissions from applicable commercial and non-commercial sterilyzers and aerators in California. The ATCM includes control and compliance requirements for facilities that use ethylene oxide. See the supporting documents below.
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