Release 05-01      

January 3, 2005


Jerry Martin
Gennet Paauwe
(916) 322-2990
$500,000 Settles Clean Air Violations by MOC

-- The California Air Resources Board (ARB) announced today that it has accepted an agreement from MOC Products Corporation (MOC) to pay $500,000 as settlement for the company's violations of regulations limiting volatile organic compounds (VOC) in consumer products.

"VOCs contribute to the formation of smog and can also be toxic," said ARB Executive Officer, Catherine Witherspoon. "To protect public health and the economy, ARB will pursue all manufacturers that distribute products here which do not meet clean air regulations."

Located in Pacoima, California, MOC is a private company which manufactures car-care products. As part of regular sampling of products available to the public ARB staff purchased a sample of MOC's Parts Wash. Through testing, it was determined thatthe product's VOC content was in excess of the 50 percent limit for these types of products. Subsequent investigation revealed that MOC sold, supplied, offered for sale, and manufactured for sale in California 937,541 units of this product which released 167 tons of excess VOC emissions.

To settle the case MOC will pay $500,000 to the California Air Pollution Control Fund (APFC). The APCF is used to mitigate various sources of pollution through education and the advancement and use of cleaner technology.

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.