SCAQMD Begins Rulemaking for Industrial Adhesive and Sealants Regulation
May 23, 2017 •
Earlier this month, California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) began its regulatory process for amending Rule 1168 governing Industrial Adhesive and Sealants. In 2014, the SCAQMD Board of Directors directed the agency to address concerns with tertiary-butyl acetate (TBAC), which halted the rulemaking.
On May 10, the district hosted a working group meeting during which it addressed the drafted changes it intends to implement during the rulemaking process.
In sum, the air district shared the following information on the upcoming amendments and development schedule.
- SCAQMD’s goal is to finalize the rule by September 2017.
- While the air district acknowledged that there is no consensus on TBAC, it stressed that it would move forward with the “precautionary approach” as requested by its Board of Directors.
- It does not seem likely that SCAQMD will include consumer products being used in industrial settings under this rule.
- SCAQMD has said that it is open to changing the volatile organic compound (VOC) limits, if it is provided data showing what is currently technology possible. The air district is currently working from 2014 survey data.
- SCAQMD intends to use the reporting requirement to build up data for the uses of adhesives and sealants in the district. It appears that it would only be annual for the first three years, but then would be open to changing the timing and frequency.
Over the next few weeks, ACA will be collecting information from its members to submit to SCAQMD. Specifically, ACA is seeking input from its members on the following:
- The operational and economic burden that testing and labeling would impose on your company;
- Feasibility of the VOC limits feasible for products, along with supporting data; and
- Burden of the annual reporting impose on your company