Gino DiCaro

CARB toughens rules

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, Aug. 4, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has scrapped a proposed rule to reduce the use of perchloroethylene by dry cleaners and is instead pursuing a total ban on the potentially cancer-causing chemical.  This move came following testimony by environmental activists that the South Coast Air Quality Management District had already enacted a ban.  

In an attempt to reduce emission from volatile organic compounds, CARB has proposed in its CONS 2 regulation to ban the use of alcohol based (ethanol) hand sanitizing gels.  Such gels are now widely used in the healthcare, food and restaurant industries, as well as in the household.  

CARB is also considering regulation on a whole host of other household cleaning products.  Cleaning products are not a major contributor to poor indoor air quality.  In fact, many cleaning products are designed to improve indoor air quality by reducing exposure to various contaminants including mold, mildew, bacteria, dust, dust mites and other indoor air pollutants.  When it comes to controlling indoor air pollution and reducing health risks, household products are part of the solution, not the problem.  There are numerous studies that document the benefits of household cleaning products in reducing exposures to various allergens such as fungi, dust mites, mold and other asthma triggers.

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