Gino DiCaro

Cal EPA Indoor Air Pollution Seminar

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, July 28, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The Chairman of the California Air Resources Board (ARB), Bob Sawyer has announced the first in a series of webcast air pollution seminars.  The topic of the first seminar is titled: Indoor Residential Chemical Emissions as Risk Factors for Children’s Respiratory Health.  It is scheduled for Thursday, August 3, 2006 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM in the Sierra Hearing Room in the Cal EPA building in Sacramento.  Mark Mendell a Ph.D. from the Indoor Environment Department of the Lawrence Livermore National Seminar will conduct the program.

Earlier this year, a bill was introduced by Sally Lieber (D-Mountain View), AB 3018, which would have made the California Air Resources Board responsible for regulating indoor air quality.  This bill died at the end of May on the Assembly Floor; however, the Air Resources Board has continued to attempt to regulate some indoor air exposures.  A hearing was held last month concerning formaldehyde emissions and suspected health risks.  In the past, OSHA has been the primary state agency which has monitored and regulated indoor air exposures in the workplace.  The Air Resources Board would apparently like to have authority over the workplace and residential air quality.

This seminar will apparently summarize the findings published in scientific peer –reviewed literature.  It will also provide examples of indoor sources, relevant indoor chemical emissions, and comparisons of risk levels to existing indoor concentrations.  Manufacturers of plastics and plasticizers, furniture, benzene, formaldehyde, particleboard, carpets, textiles wallpaper, phthalates, and paints, among others, should follow these seminars and ARB proceedings closely.  It may be important to confirm or disprove these environmental risks, but we caution against the ARB taking action without a sound scientific basis.

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