Vehicle refinishers urge tighter controls on VOC emissions

Concern is growing that most emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the vehicle respraying industry will escape control under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. By requiring emission reductions only from larger body shops, the new rules have provided limited incentive for paint producers to develop low-solvent coatings, and provoked fears in the industry that business will shift to small companies outside the scope of the controls.

Vehicle respraying businesses will soon be applying to local authorities for authorisations under the 1990 Act. The application deadline is 30 September in England and Wales, and 31 March 1993 in Scotland.

However, not all respraying businesses qualify for control. Only those using more than two tonnes of organic solvents per year for respraying, or more than five tonnes per year for all on-site activities, will need authorisations. The r

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