Tuesday, March 17, 2009

South Coast AQMD Rules for Thinners and Solvents

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has recently adopted rules that restrict the VOC content of a wide range of paint thinners and solvents commonly used as consumer products and in commercial and industrial settings. The purpose of the rule (Rule 1143) is to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the use, storage and disposal of consumer paint thinners and multi-purpose solvents commonly used in thinning of coating materials, cleaning of coating application equipment, and other solvent cleaning operations.

The rule applies to anyone who supplies, sells, offers for sale, or manufactures consumer paint thinners and multi-purpose solvents for sale in the SCAQMD, as well as anyone who uses or solicits the use of any consumer paint thinner and multi-purpose solvent within the SCAQMD.

The rule, adopted March 6, 2009, restricts the VOC content of consumer paint thinners and multi-purpose solvent to:

2.5 Lbs VOC/gal (effective 1/1/2010)
0.21 Lbs VOC/gal (effective 1/1/2011)

Some exemptions are included for certain materials and uses.

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