CARB AIM Coatings Survey Results Posted

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has posted the 2014 architectural and industrial maintenance (AIM) Coatings Survey information and will begin the process of developing a new AIM Suggested Control Measure (SCM) in early 2018 — the first meeting will likely be in late February or early March 2018. It is likely that the new SCM will be completed in late 2018.

California Air Districts use the SCM for the development of their AIM VOC rules. The Northeast Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) states will likely also utilize the SCM in the development of lower AIM VOC limits in the Northeast states in the future.

In developing the SCM, CARB will look to the current South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule 1113 limits. The SCAQMD AIM VOC limits include several that industry finds problematic, including 100 g/l for Industrial Maintenance; Rust Preventatives; Aluminum Roof; Stains; Waterproofing Sealers; Concrete Cure; and Form Release Compounds.

It is also likely that CARB will examine whether the Small Container Exemption (SCE) is needed, and will likely impose limits on colorants.

ACA is reviewing the CARB survey data, collecting comments/concerns and developing industry positions, and will monitor the SCM development process.

Contact ACA’s David Darling for more information.

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