Interlux and Awlgrip seminars update Maryland boatyards on changes to VOC regulations
May 16, 2013
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|Interlux® and Awlgrip® regional representative George Dunigan briefs Maryland boatyard personnel on changes to the state’s Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) regulations at a seminar in Annapolis last week.
Union, New Jersey – Interlux® and Awlgrip® hosted two seminars in Annapolis last week to brief Maryland boatyards on new air quality regulations for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) that went into effect in the state on January 1.
The new regulations affect many marinas and private boat owners throughout the state, as the State of Maryland’s Department of the Environment (MDE) will make some commonly used paints and coatings obsolete and impose greater liability upon the yards where coating operations are permitted. The rules will involve additional record keeping requirements for small businesses and will necessitate businesses to maintain statistics concerning the monthly total volume of VOCs used, and to make those records available for inspection by the MDE.
Interlux and Awlgrip hosted the seminars to inform boatyards of the new regulations and to give boatyards the opportunity to begin record keeping procedures. Recordkeeping tools such as charts and spreadsheets were discussed and supplied at the seminars to determine VOC outputs and VOC lbs. per product as required by MDE. Based on feedback and demand, another seminar may be offered in the fall.
“The new rules in Maryland tighten emission standards for VOCs year round, so we felt it was important to help our customers understand what they’ll need to do in terms of compliance and record keeping and to introduce them to new, lower-VOC paint products we’ve developed in response,” said Interlux and Awlgrip regional representative George Dunigan, who is also President of the Marine Trades Association of Maryland.
“We really appreciated what Interlux and Awlgrip has done to inform us of the new regulations, otherwise we would not have known,” said Nancy Bray, Manager of Hartge Yacht Harbor in Galesville, Maryland. “Interlux and Awlgrip put on one of the most informative seminars I have ever attended in my 36 years in the marine business. It took the mystique out of the EPA mandate,” added Garry Williams, President of Osprey Marine Composites in Deale, Maryland.