If the regulation is enacted, consumers will still be able to buy all of the hair gels, window cleaners, paint thinners and other products they already use. Beginning in 2014, the low-fume formulations would reduce VOC emissions by about 4,000 tons per year in the northern Utah communities with serious pollution problems, state regulators estimate.
The Air Quality Board also proposed a regulation for lower-fume adhesives and sealants that will trim about 565 tons of VOCs.
In addition, the panel finalized regulations to reduce exhaust from commercial charbroilers and to ban the future sale and resale of outdoor wood boilers, another source of pollution-causing exhaust.
Provo attorney David Leavitt urged the air quality board not to adopt the outdoor wood boiler regulation, saying it would impinge on his rights and add to his heating costs. A former congressional candidate, Juab County attorney and polygamy prosecutor, he also challenged the board's ability to enact and enforce the regulation.
But the board enacted the regulations over his objections.
"There are some major consequences we need to pay attention to in terms of our population," explained board member Robert Paine.
To comment on the proposed rules between March 1 and April 1, go to http://1.usa.gov/YKtrnY. Also, a public hearing is set for March 13.
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O To comment on the proposed rules between March 1 and April 1, go to 1.usa.gov/YKtrnY. Also, a public hearing is set for March 13.