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District of Columbia VOC Compliance Regulations

Consumer Product Rule: This rule was initially adopted with a compliant date of 1/1/2005. The rule was modified with more product categories added with a compliant date of 1/1/2012.

It regulates Adhesives, Sealants and Caulking compounds packaged in containers of 16 fluid ounces or less with an exception where it regulates Contact Adhesives packaged in containers of 1 gallon or less.

The following consumer products are exempt from the rule:

(1) Any consumer product manufactured solely for shipment and use outside of the District of Columbia.

(2) Adhesives sold in containers of 0.03 liter (1 ounce) or less.

(3) Flooring seam sealers used to join fill the seam between two adjoining pieces of flexible sheet flooring.

(4) Adhesives, Sealants and Caulking compounds packaged in containers of greater than 16 fluid ounces.

(5) Contact Adhesives packaged in containers of greater than 1 gallon.

(6) Clear, paintable, water resistant caulking compounds.

(7) Removable caulking compounds.

(8) Roof cements and roof sealants.

(9) Insulating foam sealants.

DAP repair products such as glazing and spackling compounds, painter’s putty products, fillers and repair products are not regulated under this rule.

Following is the category of products regulated by this rule and their VOC limits:

Product Category

VOC Limit Wt:Wt%

Aerosol Mist Spray Adhesive

65

Aerosol Web Spray Adhesive

55

Construction, Panel, and Floor Adhesive

15

General Purpose Contact Adhesive

55

Special Purpose Contact Adhesive

80

General Purpose Adhesive

10

Structural Waterproof Adhesive

15

Sealants and Caulking Compound

4

General Purpose Adhesive Remover

20

Specialty Adhesive Remover

70

 

Adhesive and Sealant Rule: This rule was adopted with a compliant date of 1/1/2012. This rule regulates adhesives, sealants, adhesive primers, and sealant primers. It prohibits the sale of any adhesive, sealant, adhesive primer or sealant primer which exceeds the VOC content limits set under this rule. This regulation offers the following exemptions:

(1) Adhesive and sealant regulated under District of Columbia’s consumer product rule (adhesives and sealants packaged in 16 fluid ounces or less and contact adhesives packaged in containers of 1 gallon or less).

(2) Adhesive and sealant used in testing and evaluation associated with research and development.

(3) Adhesive and sealant with less than 20 g/L of VOC content.

(4) Adhesive and sealant used in applications such as tire repair, assembly and manufacturing of undersea-based ship and weapons systems components, specialty electronic systems and subsystems for defense and homeland security, solvent welding operations for medical devices, plaque laminating operations.

(5) Adhesive application operations at stationary sources using less than 55 gallons per calendar year of noncomplying adhesives.

(6) Adhesive application operations at stationary sources emitting not more than 200 pounds per calendar year of VOCs.

(7) Adhesive, sealant, adhesive primer, or sealant primer used at permitted facilities using add-on air pollution control equipment with an overall capture and control efficiency of at least 85 percent, by weight.

Following is the category of products regulated by this rule and their VOC limits:

Product Category

VOC Limit g/L

Outdoor Floor Covering Installation Adhesive

250

Cove Base Installation Adhesive

150

Indoor Floor Covering Installation Adhesive

150

Ceramic Tile Installation Adhesive

130

Multipurpose Construction Adhesive

200

Architectural Sealant

250

Contact Adhesive

250

Non-porous Architectural Sealant Primer

250

Other Sealant

420

Other Sealant Primer

750

Other Adhesive Primer

250

Roadway Sealant

250

Nonmembrane Roof Installation/Repair Sealant

300

Nonmembrane Roof Installation/Repair Adhesive

300

Single ply Roof Membrane Installation/Repair Adhesive

250

Single ply Roof Membrane Installation/Repair Sealant

450

Single ply Roof Membrane Adhesive Primer

250

Structural Glazing Adhesive

100

Waterproof Resorcinol Glue

170

Marine Deck Sealant

760

Marine Deck Sealant Primer

760

Non-porous Architectural Sealant Primer

250

Porous Architectural Sealant Primer

775

Surface Preparation Solvent

70


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