Environment Canada

Environment Canada

July 08, 2009 15:08 ET

Government of Canada Announces Regulations to Reduce VOC Emissions From Automotive Refinishing Products

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 8, 2009) - New regulations announced today will reduce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in automotive refinishing products. VOCs found in these products contribute to the creation of smog, which is harmful to both human health and the environment.

"The Government of Canada is serious about cleaning up the air to protect the environment and health of Canadians, "said Canada's Environment Minister, Jim Prentice. "This is one of a series of regulations we are putting in place to reduce VOC emissions from everyday consumer and commercial products."

The regulations introduce VOC concentration limits for 14 categories of coatings and surface cleaners, which are used for refinishing or repairing the painted surfaces of automobiles, trucks, and other mobile equipment. These regulations were developed following extensive stakeholder consultation. Once in force, the VOC concentration limits will align with the requirements of leading jurisdictions in the development of VOC product regulations, such as California and the European Union.

The regulations are expected to reduce the annual amount of VOCs emitted from automotive refinishing products by an average of 40 percent. Combined with other VOC reduction initiatives proposed under the Regulatory Framework for Air Emissions of April 2007, the regulations are expected to reduce ground-level ozone and particulate matter which contribute to the formation of smog. Their reduction would in turn benefit human health and the environment.

The Government of Canada added VOCs to the List of Toxic Substances in Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999) on June 12, 2003. This addition gave the government the authority to develop VOC control instruments, such as these regulations, under CEPA 1999.

For more information on the regulations to reduce VOC emissions from consumer and commercial products visit www.ec.gc.ca/nopp/voc.

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