What is the current federal VOC level?
The federal government caps the VOC content in paint at 250 grams per liter (g/l) for flat finishes and 380 g/l for other finishes (low-luster, semigloss, etc.).
What are VOC regulations?
VOC Regulations At Federal Level The U.S. EPA regulates VOCs at Federal level in 40 CFR 59, which is the National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards For Consumer And Commercial Products. VOC controls for products are typically based on the application of products, such as: Aerosol Coatings.
Are VOCs regulated by the EPA?
EPA does regulate VOCs in some household products under the Clean Air Act (CAA); however, the regulations that we have promulgated for VOCs in architectural coatings and consumer products are in place only because many VOCs photochemically react in the atmosphere to produce ozone, a component of smog.
Does VOC lead to smog?
When exposed to sunlight, VOCs react with nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon monoxide (CO) to form tropospheric ozone (O3), often referred to as ground-level smog.
What is a safe level of VOC in paint?
0.3 to 0.5 mg/m3
What is a safe level of VOCs? According to experts, a level of 0.3 to 0.5 mg/m3 is safe.
What states have VOC regulations?
As it stands 16 states have adopted the more stringent 250 regulation: These states include: California, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Northern VA, Pennsylvania, Parts of Arizona, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana.
Is 275 VOC safe?
High VOCs are more the norm than exception The current South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) limit for VOC emissions from clear finishes is 275 grams per liter (g/l), 250 g/l for stains, and 730 g/l for shellac–all relatively high levels when you consider that zero-VOC paints are now common.