September 23, 2014
The State of New Hampshire has issued updates to its Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) regulations, which will go into effect on January 1, 2015.
VOCs are found in everything from paints and coatings to antiperspirant and deodorant products and cleaning product formulations. Moreover, VOCs have been determined to be a major contributing factor in the formation of ground-level ozone, which has been proven to be a public health concern.
Under the new regulation, compliance can be achieved by either testing the product per an accepted method identical to California’s method (CARB Method 310) or by calculating the VOC content of the product utilizing formulation data.
Any manufacturer of a consumer product that has been granted an innovative products exemption or alternative compliance plan (ACP) by CARB (or by the air pollution agency of another state) and by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shall be exempt. Additional ACP requirements in California will also be accepted as an exemption in New Hampshire.