Rule 215 limits the emissions of volatile organic
compounds (VOCs) from the use of architectural coatings (paints). The rule applies to anyone who supplies,
manufactures, blends, repackages, sells, offers for sale, applies, or solicits
the application of any architectural coating for use in the District (i.e., all
of El Dorado County). To achieve further
emissions reductions, AQMD is proposing to lower the allowable content of VOCs
in architectural coatings consistent with the California Air Resources Board’s
Suggested Control Measure (SCM) from 2007.
The VOC content limits in proposed Rule 215 are the same and are not
stricter than those found in the SCM. The
other air districts within the Sacramento Federal Nonattainment Area (SFNA), (Sacramento
Metropolitan, Placer County, Yolo-Solano, and Feather River air districts), have
all previously revised their architectural coatings rules to be consistent with
the SCM. This update to Rule 215 is a
commitment made previously by AQMD in the State Implementation Plan (SIP). The proposed revisions to Rule 101 include
additions to the VOC Exempt compound list consistent with compounds found on
the EPA’s list and other air district’s lists, and minor edits to and clarifications
A public workshop was held Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667. The purpose
of the workshop was to discuss proposed changes to Rule 215 – Architectural
Coatings and Rule 101 – General Provisions and Definitions. Written
comments prior to the workshop are preferred.
A public hearing was held on June 20, 2017 at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 330 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667. The purpose of the hearing was to adopt the proposed revisions to Rule 215 and Rule 101. The revised Rules were adopted and the new Rules will go into effect January 1, 2018.