Release 09-80
September 8, 2009

    Gennet Paauwe
(916) 322-2990
Valspar fined $218,000 for consumer products violations
'Goof Off' among products illegally made available

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board last month fined paint and coatings giant Valspar Corp. $218,000 for violating clean-air regulations between 2007 and 2008.

ARB investigators found that Minneapolis-based Valspar sold, supplied or manufactured for sale three consumer product lines that exceeded California standards for volatile organic compounds, including the well-known 'Goof Off' adhesive remover.

"Smog is still a serious health concern in California," said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "Consumer products contribute to our air pollution problems and our enforcement teams are on the lookout for violators."

Valspar fully cooperated with the ARB investigation. Their violations include:

Valspar no longer owns the 'Goof Off' product line and stopped selling the AFTA product in California.

The company will pay $218,000 in penalties to the California Air Pollution Control Fund for projects and research to improve California's air quality.

VOCs are building blocks that help create ground-level ozone, or smog. Smog can damage lungs, cause coughing and chest tightness, and worsen asthma symptoms while also affecting crop yields. It is particularly harmful to children, the elderly and those who have preexisting health problems.

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.

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