South Korea’s Ministry of Environmental (MoE) recently revised the country’s enforcement rules on volatile organic compounds (VOCs), under the Clean Air Conservation Act.
The revisions include:
– Expand existing requirements that mandate companies to monitor VOC emissions and record them;
– Adding 11 substances to the list of VOCs that must be monitored and collected under the Act;
– Imposing a maximum limit of 67% VOC content in paints; and
– Impose stricter requirements on crude oil refining facilities, which emit arsenic acids.
The ministry believes this implementation will reduce VOC emissions from the oil refining and paint industries by 15%. The revised rules will come into force from on January 1st, 2020.