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United States

Regulations for air quality across the United States are continuing to evolve and be more stringent in the Architectural and Industrial Maintenance Coatings (AIM) sector. At Bona® we strive to keep our distributors and contractors educated on these changes and we’re here to help guide you to the best resources to stay up to date in your business. Below you will find several details, in addition to a website links that will get you directly to state and local sources.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are organic chemicals emitted from both natural and manufactured materials and can have adverse effects to your respiratory health as well as a negative impact on the environment. In the environment, VOCs combine with the Nitrous Oxides (NOx) (from cars) in the presence of sunlight to make ozone (smog).  Ozone up high is good for us as it protects us from the UV rays, but down low can cause plant degradation and reduced yield in crops besides health issues.

The Environmental Protection Agency along with state and local authorities control the regulations for air quality which limit the levels of VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) that can be sold and or used in different parts of the country.  This is extremely important for products used indoors where people spend most of their time and where the concentrations tend to be at the highest.  

This means that as a manufacturer Bona is limited to selling certain products into these VOC restricted areas and will be subject to fines if found non-compliant.  This also affects distributors and contractors who choose to sell, distribute or use any product found non-compliant and will also subject to fines up to $25,000 depending on what information they provide to the US EPA.  Ultimately the contractor is the one responsible to know where they can use these products, but they receive help from Distributors and Manufactures to instruct them on these VOC restrictions.

See below for all relevant government agency links to learn more about the specific rules and regulations where you live.

South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)

California Air Districts

Maricopa County, AZ

Utah

Colorado

Illinois

Ohio

Indiana

Delaware

Pennsylvania

New York

New Hampshire

Maine

Massachusetts

Rhode Island

Connecticut

New Jersey

District of Columbia

Maryland

Virginia

National Rule