SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1989

A Study of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCS) and Photochemically Reactive Organic Compounds (PROCS) in Relation to Household Pesticide Formulations


There exists a federal mandate for the reduction of PROCs released into air as a method of reducing ozone in the lower atmosphere. Some VOCs may also be PROCs. State and local agencies responsible for carrying out the mandate have indicated their desire to ban or limit the VOC content of household products as a remedy. Household pesticides have been included as a target. The benefits of pesticide products are maximized by their proper formulation which, only where necessary, include VOCs. A requirement to decrease VOC content of household products by an arbitrary amount implies that the formulas contain unnecessary amounts of VOC to begin with. Since low volatility products are often attractive in terms of safety and raw ingredient cost, the incentives for successfully formulating them exists. The legislative efforts aimed at reducing lower atmosphere ozone by proscribing VOC content of household pesticide formulas could reduce the health and safety benefits of such products by diminishing the efficiency and shelf life of many active ingredients while insignificantly impacting ozone levels.

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Namnath, JS
Chevron Chemical Company, Richmond, CA
Stripling, EL
Chevron Chemical Company, Richmond, CA
O'Hair, DR
Chevron Chemical Company, Richmond, CA
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Developed by Committee: E35
Pages: 29–35
DOI: 10.1520/STP22904S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5092-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1450-0