Environment Canada recently proposed three separate regulations setting limits for concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in architectural coatings, automotive refinishing products and 98 categories of other products, including certain adhesives, adhesive removers and sealants. Environment Canada has indicated that these regulations are a key component of the federal Regulatory Framework for Air Emissions, which was released in April 2007. This framework calls for significant reductions of VOC emissions from various industrial, commercial and consumer products, and the alignment, where appropriate, of federal VOC concentration limits with those in the United States. Generally, the new regulations outline VOC concentration limits for the above products and prohibit the manufacture, offer for sale, sale or import of such products for use in Canada with VOC concentrations above these limits. The regulations also specify test methods to determine the relevant VOC concentrations. The government is accepting comments on these proposed regulations until June 25, 2008. For further information, please see

http://gazetteducanada.gc.ca/partI/2008/20080426/pdf/g1-14217.pdf