PM2.5 State Implementation Plan (SIP)
As part of its pollution reduction planning for the PM2.5 State Implementation Plan (SIP), DAQ proposed and Air Quality Board adopted rules to reduce emissions from mobile and area sources. Because the chemical reactions forming the majority of fine particulate pollution are complex and the emissions come from a wide variety of sources, finding solutions to the problem of high PM2.5 levels in Utah’s airsheds has proven complicated. It will take a concerted effort on the part of the public and small business to find ways to collectively reduce these emissions. A combination of small, individual reductions will be needed to achieve the large-scale reductions necessary to address Utah’s PM2.5 challenge.
Rulemaking to Reduce VOC Emissions in Utah
- Personal care products
- Household products
- Auto aftermarket products
- Consumer use coatings
Lower VOCs in these products would provide a reduction of approximately 4,000 tons per year for the counties in nonattainment for PM2.5. When preparing the rule, the DAQ consulted and collaborated with national stakeholders who would be affected. These stakeholders included:
- The Consumer Product Specialty Association (CSPA), the trade association for companies that engage in the manufacture, formulation, distribution and sale of familiar consumer products. Their membership accounts for 75 percent of the products manufactured that would be regulated by this rule,
- The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), the leading national trade association for the cosmetic and personal care products industry
- The American Coatings Association, Inc. (ACA), representing manufacturers of paints and coatings.
Generally speaking, the CSPA, PCPC, and ACA support the OTC model rule because it offers regulatory uniformity that allows manufacturers to produce formulations that can be distributed nationally. The rules would not ban products. Products currently on the shelves and in warehouses could still be sold. Products subject to the rules will be required to clearly display the product manufacture date no later than a year before the rules are in effect for that particular product to be sold. Once the rules go into effect, manufacturers and suppliers would be required to provide only low-VOC product formulations for sale and distribution in nonattainment counties.
More information can be found through the Utah Department of Environmental Quality Factsheet about Consumer Products and PM2.5.