Changing VOC Laws
Air quality initiatives affect coatings availability in different areas.
by Bob Flexner
Four years ago in this column I explained how VOC regulations are putting restrictions on large users of finishing products and causing changes to formulations affecting all users. I concluded that only the large users are directly affected by the regulations, but small users like you and me may be indirectly affected.
This would happen if formulations change so the products apply and perform differently. Or the products could disappear from the shelves altogether. Four years later, it’s obvious that both are happening. Even though you may not be affected yet, it’s a pretty sure bet that you will be in the near future.
The area of the country with the strictest regulations is the four-county air-quality district around Los Angeles. For the last 50 years, these counties, joined together as the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), have instituted increasingly strict coatings regulations in an effort to reduce pollution (smog).
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