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Proposed Part 235 Consumer Products, and Part 200 General Provisions

The Department is proposing to revise the Consumer Products regulation to reduce ozone precursor emissions, specifically volatile organic compounds (VOC) and update references in Part 200. This regulation addresses many items used in and around the home, including cleaners, disinfectants, paint thinners, and automotive fluids.

This proposal will revise 6 NYCRR Part 200.9, Referenced Material, and 6 NYCRR Part 235, Consumer Products, to incorporate changes to improve air quality by lowering VOC emissions, help attain the ozone NAAQS, and be more consistent with other states.

The proposed revisions include adding new categories and revising others. New categories include: "Artist's Solvent / Thinner," "Paint Thinners and Multi-Purpose Solvents," and "Dual Purpose Air Freshener / Disinfectant." Revised categories include the definition of Air Freshener and Sanitizer in order to include a category of "Dual Purpose Air Freshener / Disinfectant," and revising the definition of "Oven Cleaner" to become "Oven or Grill Cleaner." A new definition of "Zinc Rich Primer" will be added. The Table of Standards will be updated to conform to the revised definitions and product categories, and to remove obsolete text and references.

Each of these actions will reduce VOC emissions, improve air quality in the home and outdoors, make the New York regulation more consistent with other state regulations in the region, and simplify compliance with the regulation for sellers of Consumer Products in the region.

Due to the unprecedented nature of Covid-19, Governor Cuomo has issued a PAUSE Order directing non-essential meetings/gatherings to be suspended or cancelled. See Executive Order 202 and subsequent additions. As a result, at this time, the Department is cancelling the previously scheduled public hearings for this proposed rulemaking and extending the comment period for this rulemaking for 30 days.

Comment period closed.

The public comment period for this rulemaking is extended until 5 p.m. on May 21, 2020 and should be directed to:

Kenneth Newkirk, P.E.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Air Resources
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-3251
Phone (518) 402-8396

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