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Sep 8, 2009

Valspar fined $218,000 for consumer products violations

‘Goof Off’ among products illegally made available

SACRAMENTO – The California Air Resources Board last month fined
paint and coatings giant Valspar Corp. $218,000 for violating
clean-air regulations between 2007 and 2008.

ARB investigators found that Minneapolis-based Valspar sold,
supplied or manufactured for sale three consumer product lines
that exceeded California standards for volatile organic
compounds, including the well-known ‘Goof Off’ adhesive remover.

“Smog is still a serious health concern in California,” said ARB
Chairman Mary D. Nichols. “Consumer products contribute to our
air pollution problems and our enforcement teams are on the
lookout for violators.”

Valspar fully cooperated with the ARB investigation. Their
violations include:
• 42,012 units of ‘Goof Off The Ultimate Remover,’ a general
purpose adhesive remover, exceeded the 20 percent VOC limit;
• 7,006 units of ‘Goof Off Graffiti Remover’ exceeded the 50
percent VOC limit; and,
• 4,555 units of ‘AFTA Adhesive Remover Cleaning Solvent,’ a
general degreaser, exceeded the 4 percent VOC limit.

Valspar no longer owns the ‘Goof Off’ product line and stopped
selling the AFTA product in California.

The company will pay $218,000 in penalties to the California Air
Pollution Control Fund for projects and research to improve
California’s air quality.

VOCs are building blocks that help create ground-level ozone, or
smog. Smog can damage lungs, cause coughing and chest tightness,
and worsen asthma symptoms while also affecting crop yields. It
is particularly harmful to children, the elderly and those who
have preexisting health problems.

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California
Environmental Protection Agency. ARB’s mission is to promote and
protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through
effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and
considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air
pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain
health based air quality standards.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i like to spray it on myself an inhale the vapors