VNC Supports California's SC Regulation for Stringent Air Quality Safety for Coatings
- Aug 8, 2012
HARDWICK, VT -- Vermont Natural Coatings, manufacturer of high performance naturally derived whey-based wood finishes, broke with the national coatings industry to support a California Supreme Court ruling upholding stringent air quality safety regulations for coatings. The ruling confirms the South Coast Air Quality Management District's (SCAQMD) authority to enact future air quality rules on architectural and industrial coatings even if technology doesn't currently exist to meet such standards.
"Vermont Natural Coatings (VNC) wholeheartedly endorses the California Supreme Court decision and calls on all states, including our home state of Vermont, to enact legislation that protects the public from health hazards associated with toxic finishes of any kind," said VNC Founder and President Andrew B. Meyer. "We have proven that safe, high performance finishes can be formulated from sustainable resources free of all carcinogens and mutagens. The public should demand nothing less for living and working environments, especially for schools."
Vermont Natural Coatings' patented PolyWhey® technology has emerged as a new category of wood finish that performs like solvent-based finish, applies with the ease of a water borne finish but without the negative qualities associated with each. PolyWhey displaces toxic components traditionally found in wood finishes such as formaldehyde and benzene.
The American Coatings Association (ACA) voiced opposition to the court decision, saying "the court's ruling will now require paint and coatings manufacturers to reassess whether it is feasible to remain in the market in Southern California since doing so could negatively affect their ability to produce high-quality, high-performing products." The SCAQMD regulations for wood finishes are established by the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOC) per liter of product.
Vermont Natural Coatings products are currently available in California and will continue to be
available. VNC finishes meet or fall below VOC limits in all 50 states and Canada.
"Our own Vermont Department of Health recently articulated, clearly, the potential health
hazards associated with the application and off gassing associated with traditional solvent-based
floor finishes that contain toxins like benzene and formaldehyde," Meyer continued. "As a parent
of two young children I know the importance of improving air quality in public places,
particularly in schools. It is imperative that we address the dangers of toxic fumes from chemical
cleaners and newly finished floors."
About Vermont Natural Coatings
Vermont Natural Coatings is a locally based, environmentally sustainable business producing
PolyWhey naturally derived wood finishes without any toxic chemicals. PolyWhey is a patented
formula using whey, a byproduct of cheese making, as its linchpin ingredient. PolyWhey began
as collaboration among farmers, furniture makers and scientists at the University of Vermont to
expand the value of Vermont agricultural and forestry industries.
The company manufactures a full line of floor, furniture and exterior wood finishes that have
been named a Top 10 Building Product and heralded as a durable finishes meeting the highest
environmental and professional standards.
Source: Vermont Natural Coatings
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