The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) is working cooperatively with Utah’s Division of Air Quality as it develops regulations for consumer products intended to improve the state’s air quality by reducing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). CSPA is committed to creating consistencies in state regulation of consumer products to avoid a patchwork of different state-specific requirements. CSPA and its member companies take the responsibility of product safety benefits and environmental health very seriously and continuously seek to improve them.
CSPA member companies manufacture and market approximately 75 percent of the broad product categories covered by the current Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) Model Rule for Consumer Products in Utah. The Association supports the adoption of consistent Consumer Products Regulations, and looks forward to achieving a greater consistency with provisions of the OTC model as the Utah Division of Air Quality develops and implements the rule.
“CSPA has worked closely with a number of states throughout the years to develop technologically and commercially feasible reductions of VOCs that are necessary to achieve compliance with Ozone State Implementation Plan commitments,” stated CSPA President and CEO Chris Cathcart.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that of the major man-made sources of VOCs, 58 percent are from industrial facilities, 37 percent are from vehicle emissions and 5 percent are from consumer products. The portion of these products packaged in aerosol containers accounts for only a fraction of that amount and is largely composed of the least reactive—or least smog-forming—type of VOCs. Modeling studies in California have shown that overall consumer product VOC emissions have exceedingly small ozone impacts.
CSPA is a 25-year stakeholder in air quality actions by the California Air Resource Board, the OTC states, the Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium states and the EPA. With a long history of engaging collaboratively with state regulators on air quality regulations, CSPA and the consumer products industry remains committed to improving air quality while maintaining the industry’s ability to supply effective products that consumers use to positively contribute to their health, safety, and quality of life. CSPA recently submitted comments to the Air Quality Board on the proposed regulations in response to a public meeting held on Feb. 6 in Salt Lake City. CSPA will continue to engage in the stakeholder process.
“California and 15 states in the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, and the District of Columbia have finalized consumer products regulations that establish VOC limits for a wide variety of aerosol and other consumer products; however, no state has banned any of these products because they contain VOCs,” Cathcart said.