The federal government has issued new Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Automotive Refinishing Products Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, with a view to reducing ground-level ozone which causes smog. The regulations establish VOC concentration limits for 14 categories of automotive refinishing products, such as colour coatings and surface cleaners. The prohibition against importing or manufacturing products with concentrations above the limits will come into force on June 18, 2010 (one year after the regulations were registered), while the prohibition against selling such products will come into force six months after that. Manufacturers or importers may apply for a temporary exemption if it is not technically or economically feasible to meet the limits. For further information please see the Canada Gazette.