BETHESDA, Md. (April 29, 2011)—Federal volatile organic compound regulations will not be made effective in time for implementation this year, the EPDM Roofing Association has told its members.
Because adhesives and sealants used in the EPDM roofing industry contain high levels of VOCs, the Ozone Transport Commission developed a Model Rule for Adhesives and Sealants for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, based on regulations developed in California, the ERA said in a press release.
“Since the initial release of these model regulations, ERA has supported fair and reasonable efforts to reduce VOC emissions,” the association said. “However, since these (California) conditions and practices differ significantly from those in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, EPA began an intensive campaign to inform individual state regulators of these differences and to ask for modifications of the regulations.”
Because of the concerns raised by the ERA, several states have incorporated a seasonal implementation schedule into draft regulations, and others have drafted seasonal implementation language, the association said. “These changes have allowed and will continue to allow sufficient time to test and phase in new low VOC materials, make process changes to meet the new standards, and train state contractors,” it said.
For up-to-date listings of the regulations and their implementation schedule, go to www.epdmroofs.org.