EPA Approves California DPR Revisions for VOC Emission Limits in Nonfumigant Pesticides (September 2016)The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a final rule approving the California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) request to revise volatile organic compound (VOCs) regulations in the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions specify limits for the amount of VOC emissions from pesticides that users are allowed to produce. This is done by restricting the sale and use of certain “nonfumigant” pesticide products on certain crops in the San Joaquin Valley when VOC emissions meet or exceed the established limit.
This rule is being implemented to help California comply with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA), a federal law requiring EPA to establish National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) that foster public and environmental health. This rule goes into effect on October 20, 2016.
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