Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are a large group of chemicals, emitted as gases, from many products used in the building of and in maintaining your home. These gases are released into the atmosphere due to having high vapor pressures at normal room temperatures. In an attempt to regulate air pollutants, the Federal government has set limits on the volume of VOC's products can release. Some states and municipalities have set even more strict regulations on VOC emmissions products.
EAGLE, I.F.P COMPANY takes great care in formulating our products to meet, or exceed, minimum standards set in states and regions throughout the country, without sacrificing quality or durability of our sealers.
Below is more a map showing the different VOC areas.
FEDERAL VOC Rules for Concrete Coatings
February 16, 2016
All areas of the United States of America are subject to the following rules unless their state or local jurisdiction has adopted more restrictive rules. We have divided the rules into three categories; Federal, Low VOC, and Very Low VOC.
States currently following the US EPA Federal VOC Rules are; Alabama, Alaska, Arizona (except Maricopa County), Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah (except seven counties in the Salt Lake Basin), Vermont, Virginia (except eleven counties around DC and Richmond), Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Low VOC Rules for Concrete Coatings
Northeast Ozone Transport Commission (OTC)
The OTC is a coalition of 13 northeastern states and District of Columbia working cooperatively to solve regional ozone problems. While they work collectively, each state acts autonomously on rule adoption. The OTC created a model AIM VOC rule that many member states have adopted; some with minor modifications.
The states and districts with OTC rules include Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, the District of Columbia and Virginia’s DC, Fredericksburg and Richmond area counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfield, Charles City and Prince George. Vermont is a member of OTC but has not yet adopted the OTC VOC rule.
Northeast and Mid-Atlantic: OTC Phase I Model Rule, January 1, 2005
Lake Michigan Air Director’s Consortium (LADCO)
LADCO is a cooperative air quality group comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio. It is a looser coalition than the OTC with no AIM VOC model rule.
LADCO recommends adaption of OTC’s Low VOC Rules. Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana have adopted the OTC’s Low VOC Rules. Michigan and Wisconsin have yet to implement the Low VOC rules.
Canada adopted Low VOC Rules similar to OTC on September 9, 2010.
Arizona’s Maricopa County (Phoenix area) has adopted Low VOC Rules similar to OTC.
Very Low VOC Rules for Concrete Coatings
California Air Resources Board (CARB)
In 1997 CARB was the first jurisdiction to adopt VOC rules more restrictive than US EPA. CARB updated its AIM VOC rule effective January 1, 2011.
South Coast Air Quality management District (SCAQMD)
The 2006 revisions to SCAQMD Rule 1113 for AIM VOCs are still in effect. SCAQMD is comprised of a number of cities in the greater Los Angeles basin. It establishes its own regulation separate from the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Rule 1113 is the strictest architectural coatings standard in the world.
California South Coast: SCAQMD Rule 113, July 1, 2007 (plus Antelope Valley/Mojave Desert)
California except for South Coast; CARB SCM (Suggested Control Measure) Categories Effective January 1, 2011.
Utah. On January 1, 2015, Utah counties of Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah, and Weber adopted VOC rules similar to California. There is a sell-through period of three years for a product manufactured prior to January 1, 2015.
Maryland: On January 1, 2017, Maryland adopted VOC rules similar to California. There is a sell-through period of three years for a product manufactured prior to January 1, 2017.
Delaware: On March 1, 2017, Delaware adopted VOC rules similar to California. Products manufactured before March 1, 2017, will be allowed to be sold or used after March 1, 2017.
Colorado: On May 1, 2020, Delaware adopted VOC rules similar to California. Products manufactured before May 1, 2020, will be allowed to be sold or used after May 1, 2020.
Key to Acronyms
AIM: Architectural, Industrial, Maintenance
CARB: California Air Resource Board (California EPA ARB)
EPA: Environmental Protection Agency (US)
LADCO: Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI.)
OTC: Ozone Transport Commission (CT, DE, D.C., ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, VA)
SCAQMD: South Coast Air Quality Management District (Southern California)
VOC: Volatile Organic Compound All stated facts are for informational purposes only and are based solely on information known to EAGLE, I.F.P. COMPANY as of the date of this document’s publication.
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