CARB Cracks Down On Smog Causing Chemicals

    Minnesota Company Fined For Violating California’s Aerosol Coating Products Regulation

    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced a settlement of US$170,000 with Plasti Dip International Inc. (Plasti Dip) for violating California’s Consumer Products Regulations, specifically related to aerosol coatings.


    Plasti Dip is located in Blaine, Minnesota, and is the manufacturer of a multipurpose rubber coating sold nationwide, including in auto and hardware stores throughout California.


    “CARB is continuously working to ensure that products sold to consumers in California meet the standards for smog-causing chemicals,” CARB Executive Officer Richard Corey said. “These violations impact air quality and public health.”


    Aerosol coatings like Plasti Dip products dispense product ingredients by means of a propellant. They are packaged in a disposable aerosol container for hand-held application, or for use in specialized equipment such as ground traffic and other marking applications.


    CARB adopted its Aerosol Coating Products Regulation to reduce reactive organic compounds (ROC) from aerosol coating products by limiting product reactivity. Reactivity refers to ROC’s potential to undergo a chemical reaction to form ground-level ozone. ROCs are an important precursor, or component in the formation of ground level ozone, a major part of California’s smog problem. Any person or company selling or manufacturing aerosol coating products for use in California must comply with the standards in the Aerosol Coating Products Regulation, including the reactivity limits, as well as labeling, reporting, dating, and other administrative requirements.


    Plasti Dip violated the Aerosol Coating Products Regulation by selling, for use in California, Plasti Dip Metalizer, Plasti Dip Classic Muscle, and Plasti Dip Glossifier, all of which exceeded the allowed reactivity limit.

    To meet the terms of its settlement agreement, Plasti Dip modified its products to meet CARB’s regulatory requirements. They will also pay a settlement amount of US$170,000 to the Air Pollution Control Fund.