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Air quality board proposes new rule aimed at cutting pollution from cleaning solvents

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Air quality board proposes new rule aimed at cutting pollution from cleaning solvents

By Amy Joi O'Donoghue | Posted - Mar. 5, 2017 at 9:29 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY — In another stab at the state's air pollution problem, the Utah Air Quality Board is proposing to require businesses to use a cleaning solvent that does not emit as many volatile organic compounds.

The rule proposed by members of the Utah Air Quality Board will be discussed at a public hearing March 16 at the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, 195 N. 1950 West.

Under the rule, businesses along the Wasatch Front, Tooele County and Cache County that use 55 gallons or more of cleaning solvents a year would need to use products that are low-producing in volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which are a contributor to forming smog.

“Many states have already enacted VOC limitations on a wide range of products to help address air quality. Less-polluting products are effective and available in the marketplace that will help improve Utah’s summer and winter air quality,” said Bryce Bird, air quality director.

Air quality regulators are looking at a number of ways to cut pollution to meet federal air quality standards for PM2.5, or fine particulate pollution. About 30 rules have been passed that deal with emissions, including one aimed at personal care products such as hairspray.

The state also tightened emissions on industrial sources and implemented a measure to phase in hot water heaters with low emissions.

Public comment will be accepted on the rule through March 31. For more information or to submit comments, contact Joel Karmazyn at 801-536-4423 or jkarmazyn@utah.gov.

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