California Air Board Projects $210m In 15-Year Costs For Personal-Care VOC Compliance
Years in the making, California is close to adopting updated volatile organic compound limits for selected personal-care products under the state’s Consumer Products Regulation. The Air Resources Board is accepting comments ahead of a 25 March hearing to consider approving the amendments for adoption.
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The CARB's latest draft moves it closer to amending the state’s Consumer Products Regulation to mandate further reductions in volatile organic compounds in selected personal-care products. Personal fragrance products are targeted for steep cuts, but feasibility questions have the board exploring options.
The latest draft amendments to the California’s Air Resources Board’s Consumer Products Regulations would provide manufacturers with some of the flexibility industry has been seeking, while still aiming to cut volatile organic compound levels across hair-care categories, as well as personal fragrance products.
Nixing the current exemption for VOCs in fragrance up to 2% in consumer products could prevent manufacturers from meeting VOC limits in California, considerably alter product formulations and efficacy, or remove products from California’s market altogether, the Fragrance Creators Association says.