The California Air Resources Board said that, since January, it has settled 26 cases involving air quality violations by companies manufacturing or selling consumer products that exceeded Californias standards for smog contributing gases known as volatile organic compounds.
The fines totaled $377,950.
The four companies paying the highest amounts were OPI, $58,000; Lucas Oil Products, $48,400; Lancaster Colony, $48,000; and Core Products, $45,000
The fine proceeds go to the California Air Pollution Control Fund to support air quality projects and research to improve Californias air quality.
With volatile organic compounds present in products we use every day, it is essential for companies to comply with ARBs air quality regulations, said James Ryden, ARBs enforcement chief. Companies can control the composition of the products they sell, which limits the emissions and benefits us all.
Volatile organic compounds are gases released from solids and liquids, contributing to ozone formation once released into the air. These gases can be found in a number of products such as paints, wood preservatives, aerosol sprays, cleansers, disinfectants, air fresheners, stored fuels and automotive products.
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