Gregory L. Johnson, Legislative Affairs Director at Sherwin Williams and co-chair of the CSPA Air Quality Committee, was one of six panelists who participated in a U.S. House Energy & Power Subcommittee roundtable session on EPA’s proposed ozone standard July 28 in Washington, DC. Approximately a dozen Members of Congress participated in the discussion.
Johnson noted that since the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments were enacted, federal, state and local agencies have promulgated a large number of increasingly stringent regulations to meet the ozone standard. “The EPA proposed action will mark the fourth time the agency has lowered the ozone standard,” he said. “With each subsequent ozone standard adopted by EPA, the VOC reductions have been more difficult and more expensive to achieve. We are now at a point where further VOC reductions in many products are not possible with foreseeable technology.”
In addition to being one of the world’s largest producer of paints, Sherwin Williams also produces a wide range of consumer and commercial products. Johnson told lawmakers that during the past 25 years, the company has been forced to focus a significant amount of R&D effort on reformulating products to meet ever-changing federal, state and local VOC regulatory standards. As an example, Johnson said that California’s South Coast AQMD revised its architectural coatings regulation approximately 40 times during the past 20 years.
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