Bethesda, Maryland - The US Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) says it has raised questions with the Environment Canada's proposed approach to set VOC (volatile organic compound) limits for a range of consumer products, based on California rules.
ASC said that Environment Canada (EC) published a consultation document in January that is expected to lead to a proposed rule in 2014 establishing VOC limits for consumer products, including several adhesive and sealant categories, throughout Canada. A rule is expected to be finalised in 2016, the association said. The proposal is based on current rules put in place by the California Air Resources Board.
"The EC states in their consultation document that they are looking to align their VOC regulation with the US," said Mark Collatz, ASC's Director of Regulatory Affairs. "Yet they are basing their present assumptions on the regulations of single state rather than looking at how the other 49 states are addressing VOC limits for these types of products."
ASC cited an example of sealants where the present California regulations mandate a limit of 3 percent for chemically cured products and 1.5 percent for those non-chemically cured while regulations throughout the rest of the US are 4 percent for all sealant categories.
As an alternative, ASC suggested that EC consider adopting the Ozone Transport Commissions (OTC) Model Rule limits which were recently amended and will come into force in January 2014. The OTC is an organization representing 11 northeast and mid-Atlantic states that have a responsibility for developing regional solutions to ground level ozone in their individual jurisdictions.
"Using a regulatory approach adopted by multiple states, several of which border Canada, seems to be a better way to address the challenge of regulatory alignment between our two countries," said Collatz.