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Rhode Island VOC limits final rule

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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Reg issued March 11 limiting levels of volatile organic compounds in consumer products including hairsprays, nail polish removers and antiperspirants/deodorants will become effective only if the state fails to reduce VOC levels by 15% by the end of 1996, as required under the Clean Air Act. If Rhode Island does not meet the reduction requirement, the reg would go into effect 90 days after the federal Environmental Protection Agency notifies the state that it has not reduced VOCs by 15%. Rhode Island expects to meet the 15% reduction goal. The VOC limits for antiperspirants/deodorants mandated in the final rule are increased to 60% high volatility organic compounds (HVOCs) and 20% medium volatility organic compounds (MVOCs) for aerosol antiperspirants and 20% of each type of VOC for aerosol deodorants from 10% HVOCs/0% MVOCs for both aerosol antiperspirants and deodorants in the proposed reg ("The Rose Sheet" Jan. 17, In Brief). VOC levels for non-aerosol antiperspirants/deodorants, hairsprays, hair gels and mousses and nail polish removers did not change from the draft rule

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