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Federal Law Doesn't Kill Calif. Paint Thinner Regs, Court Says

Law360, New York (June 29, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court affirmed a new rule limiting the use of ozone-forming compounds in paint thinners Thursday, rejecting arguments by a Tennessee-based solvent manufacturer that labeling requirements established by the regulation were preempted by the Federal Hazardous Substance Act.

Rule 1143, adopted by California’s regulatory South Coast Air Quality Management District, is designed to force manufacturers to replace the mineral spirits in their paint thinners with the more flammable but less polluting ingredient acetone. To warn consumers of the increased fire risk associated with the...
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