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News Brief: Architectural and Industrial Maintenance Coatings Rule

Winter 1995

DNR recently conducted public hearings on a controversial rule intended to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from Architectural and Industrial Maintenance Coatings.

Coatings regulated by the rule will include paints, stains, and clear coatings used on stationary structures such as homes, buildings, and nontraffic surfaces. The rule will establish a table of allowed emission limits for various coating categories. Coatings marketed in more than one category must comply with the VOC emission limit for the most stringent category.

Containers will be required to meet certain standards and bear consumer information including maximum VOC content taking thinning into account. End users applying more than 60 gallons per year must maintain usage records.

Suppliers and sellers will be subject to various recordkeeping requirements, including records of quantities and maximum VOC content by coating category.

The rule will affect suppliers, sellers, and service industry end users in nine southeastern Wisconsin ozone nonattainment counties: exceptions are provided for containers with one quart or less capacity, coatings to be shipped outside the nine counties, and users of less than 60 gallons annually.

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