WooHoo – California adopts consumer-product regulations curbing emissions

Posted on June 27, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

New regulations curb climate changing, smog forming and toxic emissions

SACRAMENTO: Today the Air Resources Board approved regulations limiting emissions of climate-changing chemicals from air canisters used to blow dust off equipment such as computer keyboards to cameras, the nation’s first for consumer products.

In addition to greenhouse gases, the board’s decision will reduce smog forming emissions and toxic air contaminants. The regulation establishes specifications for consumer products that will annually reduce:

* greenhouse gases by 200,000 metric tons;

* smog-forming volatile organic compounds by 2,000 tons; and,

* toxic air contaminants by over 70 tons.

The greenhouse gas cuts will come from replacing the use of HFC-134a with HFC-152a in gas-duster canisters. HFC-134a is known to have a massive heat-trapping potentialand is rated 1,300 times more damaging to the climate than carbon dioxide.

“We are getting a lot of bang for our buck on this regulation because these seemingly benign air canisters emit an especially potent greenhouse gas,” said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. “This measure also reduces ozone and other toxic air contaminants with a viable propellant alternative readily available so consumers shouldn’t see much change in the effectiveness of these products.”


For more information on the consumer products regulation go to: www.arb.ca.gov


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