SoCal Air Board Bans High-Emission Paint Thinners

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. -- Southern California air quality regulators have approved stricter regulations for paint thinners and solvents to reduce the emission of smog-forming compounds and prevent indoor air pollution.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District board voted Friday to prohibit the sale, distribution or manufacturing of products that emit high levels of volatile organic compounds, known as VOCs.

The AQMD says consumer paint thinners that emit more than 300 grams per liter will be banned next year. In 2011, the limit will be lowered further to 25 grams per liter.

The AQMD has jurisdiction over Orange County, most of Los Angeles County and the western portions of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

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