Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions from Pesticides
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Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, which is harmful to human health and vegetation when present at high enough concentrations. The federal Clean Air Act requires each state to submit a State Implementation Plan (SIP) for achieving and maintaining federal ambient air quality standards, including the standard for ozone. Nonattainment areas (NAAs) are regions in California that do not meet either federal or state ambient air quality standards. California’s Air Resources Board (ARB) and DPR developed a plan to track and reduce pesticidal sources of VOCs in NAAs as part of the California SIP to meet the ozone standard. DPR is responsible for agricultural and commercial structural pesticide products, and ARB is responsible for pesticides in consumer products.
- Summary of current activities, PDF (83 kb)
- State Implementation Plan and maps of nonattainment areas
- Tracking pesticide VOC emissions (emission inventory)
- VOC emissions calculators
- Reducing pesticide VOC emissions
- Conservation Management Practices Guide, PDF (431 kb): Reducing Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions from Agricultural Pesticide Applications
- Regulatory actions to reduce VOC emissions from fumigant pesticides
- Regulatory requirements for reformulation of non-fumigant pesticides
- Evaluation of options and recommendations for reducing volatile organic compound emissions from nonfumigant pesticides, PDF. (3.3 Mb)
- Proposed regulations to reduce volatile organic compounds in the San Joaquin Valley Ozone nonattainment area.
- Related links
- Air Resources Board (ARB)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) may provide financial support to growers who use precision pesticide spray technology to reduce VOC emissions
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