CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD
Auditorium, First Floor
400 "P" Street
January 7, 1988
88-1-1 Recognition of Efforts and Dissolution of the 001
Architectural Coatings Task Force (ACTF).
88-1-2 Public Hearing to Consider Amendment of a 003
Regulation Regarding a Test Method for Determining
Emissions of Particulate Matter from Non-Vehicular
88-1-3 Consideration of the Fifth Annual Report to the *
Governor and Legislature on the Air Resources
Board's Acid Deposition Research and Monitoring
88-1-4 Public Hearing to Consider Regulations Regarding 085
New and Used Aftermarket Catalytic Converters
Offered for Sale and Use in California (Continued
from December 3, 1987).
* See Page 001, Volume 2.
a. Closed Session
1. Personnel (as authorized by State Agency Open Meeting
Act, Govt. Code Sec. 11126(a).).
2. Litigation (Pursuant to the attorney-client privilege,
Evidence Code Sec. 950-962, and Govt. Code Sec.
b. Research Proposals.
c. Delegations to Executive Officer.
ITEM NO.: 88-1-1
Recognition of Efforts and Dissolution of the Architectural
Coatings Task Force (ACTF).
The ARB staff recommends that the Board recognize and thank the
ACTF for its diligent and cooperative efforts in fulfilling its
assigned task and that the Board formally dissolve the ACTF.
The ACTF was formed by the Air Resources Board at its October 21,
1981, meeting by Board Resolution 81-65.
Resolution 81-65 states that the ACTF shall be composed of a
chairperson with acknowledged technical expertise concerning
architectural coatings, four representatives of local air
pollution control districts, one of whom is a representative of
the SCAQMD and one of whom is a representative of the BAAQMD,
three representatives of the paint industry, one representative
of painting contractors, and one member of the Board.
The purpose of the ACTF, as stated in Resolution 81-65, is "to
evaluate the performance of water-based nonflat paints and to
make initial recommendations to the Board and the districts via
the Technical Review Group (TRG) prior to September 30, 1982, on
modifications to district rules to allow the continued use of
solvent-based products in those applications where the
performance of water-based products is found to be inadequate."
The ACTF has generated reports summarizing results from
laboratory testing, application and appearance evaluations, and
exposure testing of water-based and solvent-based nonflat
samples. As a result of these evaluations, the ACTF recommended
to the TRG that an interim VOC limit for nonflat coatings be
continued until such time as suitable lower VOC coatings were
available which could comply with a final VOC limit. The
districts incorporated this recommendation into their
architectural coatings rules and this allowed the districts'
architectural coatings programs to move forward.
The ACTF has also undertaken evaluation of the performance
properties of coatings in six specialty architectural coating
categories. Laboratory performance testing of the samples has
been competed and a report prepared.
At its last meeting, the TRG decided that since the task of the
ACTF had been completed, any new issues will be substantially
different from past issues and should be addressed by a new
committee of the TRG. It was suggested that the TRG deal with
new issues as they arise and that the ACTF as it is now
constituted be disbanded with an expression of appreciation for
their substantial efforts. It was further suggested by the TRG
that industry representatives continue to be consulted and asked
to serve on committees as the need arises. The ARB staff agrees
that there is a need for us to continue to work cooperatively
with the coatings industry in order to both implement regulatory
decisions and to benefit from the industry's technical expertise.
Future problems with architectural coatings regulations which
need the cooperative efforts of industry and government can be
handled through committees appointed by the TRG. As an example,
there is currently a TRG committee assigned to resolve problems
with architectural coatings definitions. This committee will be
working with the industry in the future to resolve those issues.
SUMMARY AND IMPACTS OF PROPOSED BOARD ACTION
This action will have no adverse economic or environmental
ITEM NO.: 88-1-2
Public Hearing to Consider Amendment of a Regulation Regarding a
Test Method for Determining Emissions of Particulate Matter from
The staff recommends that the Board amend the ARB test method for
determining particulate matter emissions as discussed below.
Since 1983 the Board has adopted 37 test methods for determining
whether a non-vehicular (stationary) source is in compliance with
air pollution control laws and district regulations. One of
these methods is ARB Method 5, which applies to the determination
of particulate emissions. The method is incorporated in Section
94105, Title 17, California Administrative Code.
Method 5 presently contains language which can be construed as
requiring glass connectors if the test includes determination of
condensed particulate in the impingers. The staff proposes an
amendment which would assure that non-contaminating leak-free
flexible materials (such as Teflon) could be used in place of
glass in such situations. Materials like Teflon have been
demonstrated to provide acceptable results. Using non-flexible
glass connectors is not practical for certain stack
configurations. The proposed amendment was discussed at an
October 20, 1987 test methods workshop, and no objections were
SUMMARY OF IMPACTS OF PROPOSED BOARD ACTION
The staff believes that there are no significant adverse air
quality, environmental, or economic impacts if the Board acts on
the staff's recommendation. The amendment would enhance the
ability of source testers to conduct stationary source
particulate matter emissions tests.
ITEM NO.: 87-16-3
Public Hearing to Consider Regulations Regarding New and Used
Aftermarket Catalytic Converters Offered for Sale and Use in
The staff recommends that the Board adopt new subsections (h) and
(I), Section 2222, Title 13, California Administrative Code, and
incorporated documents, to regulate and sale and use of new non-original
equipment and recycled original equipment catalytic converters.
The catalytic converter is one of the most critical emission
control components on 1975 and later model-year vehicles. An
estimated 140,000 converters are installed on used vehicles in
the field each year in California. These regulations are
proposed to ensure that new non-original equipment and used
original equipment converters sold in California have adequate
emission control capability.
This proposal would require each new non-original equipment
converter model to meet durability and performance requirements
on two worst-case vehicles. New non-original equipment
converters would also have to meet labeling, warranty and
production audit requirements.
The proposal would adopt the EPA enforcement policy for recycled
original equipment oxidation converters. The proposal would
require each recycled original equipment oxidation converter
prior to its sale in California to pass an integrity check of the
shell and substrate and a performance check on a test engine with
specified operating conditions.
The proposal would not incorporate EPA's test procedures for
recycled original equipment three-way converters because the
staff does not believe that the present bench test procedures are
adequate. Appropriate test procedures for the evaluation of such
converters are currently being developed for future consideration
by the Board. Until these procedures are adopted, the cost of
performing tests which would qualify recycled three-way
converters are so high that it would not make economic sense to
SUMMARY AND IMPACTS OF PROPOSED ACTION
The staff estimates that the proposed regulations for new non-original
equipment converters will result in a statewide emission
reduction of 6.8 tons/day NOx by 1994, as compared to continued
application of the current ARB interim policy. Adoption of EPA's
evaluation procedures for screening used converters will reduce
the number of defective or ineffective used converters installed.
It is not possible to quantify the emission reductions that will
New non-original equipment converters which meet the proposed
California regulation will cost $40 more than comparable new
converters which comply only with federal requirements. A used
oxidation catalyst will cost approximately $45 more than a
salvaged, untested converter from a junkyard. The current
absence of an adequate evaluation procedure for three-way
catalysts will cause a temporary market shift from recyclers to
manufacturers of new converters. The estimated loss in recycled
converter sales is $1,700,000 per year, which represents about 6%
of the total sales. Junkyards will also experience reduced
revenues because the price recyclers will pay for a used catalyst
is expected to be $45 less than the price of the same converter
sold by the junkyard directly to the public.
ITEM NO.: 88-1-3
Adoption of "The Fifth Annual Report to the Governor and the
Legislature on the Air Resources Board's Acid Deposition Research
and Monitoring Program."
Staff is recommending that the Board approve the report for
submission to the Governor and the Legislature.
The Kapiloff Acid Deposition Act requires the Board to report
annually, not later than January 1, on its activities, findings
and recommendations relative to acid deposition. The draft
annual report describes the Board's ongoing and planned research
and monitoring efforts. The report describes what we know now
about acid deposition in California (extent and effects), what we
will know by the end of the Kapiloff program (December 1988), and
the need for further research to answer remaining questions.
SUMMARY AND IMPACTS OF PROPOSED BOARD ACTION
Board approval of the report would result in its submittal to the
Governor and the Legislature, making them aware of the progress