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Environment Canada should consider models other than the California Air Resources Board in setting Canadian limits for volatile organic compound emissions, the Adhesive and Sealant Council told the agency.

“In using the CARB approach as a model, Environment Canada is choosing a regulation that is more stringent than either the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or any of the other 49 states in the Union,” wrote Mark Collatz, ASC director of regulatory affairs, in comments to Environment Canada.

One of Environment Canada’s primary goals in proposing new VOC limits was to align Canadian standards with those of the U.S., but CARB’s standards are the wrong choice for that purpose, according to Collatz. “Such an approach is difficult to describe as an effort in alignment,” he said.

Environment Canada issued the Consultation Document on revised VOC limits Jan. 21, requesting comments from interested parties by March 7.

The proposal covers some 130 product categories and sub-categories in areas such as VOC emissions averaging and trading, permitting, testing methods and labeling.

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