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SCAQMD & American Coatings Association to Discuss Amendments to VOC Rule (1113)

Published on 2011-02-04. Author : SpecialChem

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has held four working group meetings with stakeholders over the past six months, as well as met with individual architectural coating manufacturers and the American Coatings Association (ACA) to discuss proposed amendments to Rule 1113. The current proposal incorporates and addresses many comments from these meetings in regard to:

  • Removing outdated language
  • Clarifying existing definitions and requirements
  • Proposing new categories with VOC limits
  • Reducing the VOC content limits of certain architectural coating categories;
  • Proposing to limit the VOC content of previously unregulated colorants used to tint coatings at the point of sale
  • Considering revisions to the Averaging Compliance Option (ACO) and Small Container Exemption (SCE)
  • Prohibiting the storage of non-compliant coatings at worksites.

Staff proposes the following amendments to achieve emissions reductions and clarify rule implementation issues for improved enforceability:

  • Change the applicability of the rule by eliminating the phrase 'for use', including market for sale and adding language to include storing coatings at worksites.
  1. Add 15 definitions; amend 10 definitions, and delete 3 definitions: Add - Concrete Surface Retarder; Driveway Sealer; Faux Finishing subcategories: Glaze, Decorative Coating, Trowel Applied Coating, and Clear Topcoat; Form Release Compound; Gonioapparent; Manufacturer; Non-Sacrificial Anti-Graffiti Coating; Pearlescent; Pigmented; Retail Outlet; Sacrificial Anti-Graffiti Coating; and Worksite.
  2. Amend - Architectural Coating, Faux Finishing Coating, Fire Proofing Coating, Floor Coating, Japans/Glazes, Sanding Sealers, Varnish, Volatile Organic Compound, and Waterproofing Concrete/Masonry Sealer.
  3. Delete - Clear Brushing Lacquer, Fire Retardant Coating, Non-Flat High Gloss.
  • Clarify the requirements in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2)
  • Reduce the VOC limit on the following categories:
    1. Concrete Surface Retarders; Driveway Sealers; Default; Dry-Fog Coatings; Faux Finishes; Fire-Proofing Coatings; Form Release Compounds; Graphic Arts Coatings; Metallic Pigmented Coatings; Primers, Sealers, & Undercoater; and Specialty Primers.
  • Add VOC limits for colorants added at the point of sale.
  • Propose changes to the ACO provision:
    1. Lower ceiling limits;
    2. Limit coating categories that can be averaged; and
    3. Consider complete phase out.
  • Add a general prohibition against the use of Group II exempt solvents, other than cyclic, branched, or linear, completely methylated siloxanes (VMS).
  • Include specific labeling requirements to improve the visibility of the VOC content.
  • Remove reporting requirements that are now redundant with Rule 314.
  • Add ASTM E 284 Standard Terminology of Appearance.
  • Propose changes to the Small Container Exemption (SCE):
    1. Clarify that the exemption only applies to the VOC limits;
    2. Prohibit 'bundling' of the coatings sold on the retail shelves; and
    3. Limit the number of categories that can use this exemption.
  • Remove outdated rule language, including exemptions that have expired or requirements that have surpassed their effective date.
  • Remove exemption for adding 10% VOC by volume to lacquers to prevent blushing on cool days with high humidity.
  • About SSPC

    SSPC was founded in 1950 as the Steel Structures Painting Council, a non-profit professional society concerned with the use of coatings to protect industrial steel structures. In 1997, the name of the association was changed to The Society for Protective Coatings to better reflect the changing nature of coatings technology and the ever-expanding types of construction materials.

    Source: SSPC

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