At the direction of the Executive Officer of the Air Resources Board, a public hearing will be conducted at the time and place noted below to consider an application for a variance from the Regulation for Reducing Volatile Organic Compound Emissions from Antiperspirants and Deodorants (the "antiperspirant and deodorant regulation;" title 17, California Code of Regulations, sections 94500-94506.5).

DATE:   November 9, 1998
TIME:   9:00 a.m.
PLACE:   Air Resources Board
    2020 L Street
    Lower Level, Board Hearing Room
    Sacramento, California 95814
This facility is accessible to persons with disabilities. If accommodation is needed, please contact Kathy Spring, Stationary Source Division, at (916) 323-3485, or TDD (916) 324-9531, or (800) 700-8326 for TDD calls for outside the Sacramento area by October 19, 1998.

Section 94502 of the antiperspirant and deodorant regulation specifies volatile organic compound standards for antiperspirants and deodorants. These standards include a zero percent high volatility organic compound (HVOC) limit (by weight), and a ten percent medium volatility organic compound (MVOC) limit (by weight) for both aerosol antiperspirants and aerosol deodorants. The HVOC and MVOC limits for manufacturers operating under an approved compliance plan, as specified in section 94502(d), are effective January 1, 1999. In addition, section 94505 of the antiperspirant and deodorant regulation allows any person who cannot comply with the requirements of section 94502, because of extraordinary reasons beyond the person's reasonable control, to apply to the Executive Officer for a variance. The criteria and procedures for granting a variance are specified in section 94505.

The Cosmetics, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CTFA) has applied for a variance under section 94505 from the January 1, 1999, HVOC limits for the aerosol antiperspirant and aerosol deodorant products, on behalf of the applicants listed below:

Carter-Wallace, Inc.
P.O. Box 1001
Half Acre Road
Cranbury, New Jersey 08512-0181
  Church and Dwight Co., Inc.
469 N. Harrison St.
Princeton, NJ 08540
Chase Products Company
19th and Gardner
Broadview, Illinois 60153
  Cosmair Cosmetics Corp.
285 Terminal Ave
Clark, NJ 07066
The Dial Corporation
15101 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254-2199
  The Proctor & Gamble Company
Sharon Woods Technical Center
11511 Reed Hartman Highway
Cincinnati, OH 45241-9974
The Gillette Company
One Gillette Park
Boston, MA 02127-1096
  Unilever HPC-USA
3100 Golf Road
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-4009
Mary Kay, Inc.
1330 Regal Row
Dallas, TX 75247

The public hearing to consider this variance application will be conducted in accordance with procedures set forth in section 94505 of the antiperspirant and deodorant regulation. At the hearing the applicants will be asked to present evidence demonstrating that the criteria for granting a variance have been met. Interested members of the public will be allowed a reasonable opportunity to testify at the hearing. All parties may, but need not be represented by counsel at the hearing. Subsequent to the hearing, the Executive Officer shall determine whether, under what conditions, and to what extent a variance is necessary and will be permitted.

Copies of the antiperspirant and deodorant regulation and variance application may be obtained from the Public Information Office, Air Resources Board, 2020 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 322-2990, at least 30 days prior to the scheduled hearing. Further inquiries regarding this matter should be directed to Ms. Genevieve A. Shiroma, Chief, Air Quality Measures Branch, Stationary Source Division, Air Resources Board, P.O. Box 2815, Sacramento, CA 95812, (916) 322-7072.

Date: October 6, 1998