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New Maryland environmental rules
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Bkeepr    Posted 02-01-2005 at 07:21:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just discovered at the hardware store that Maryland has outlawed oil-based paints. Starting this year, they can only sell existing stock, and next year they can't sell any at all.

Never heard anything in the news about this, it is just after the fact when you can't find what you want! Maryland did the same thing a couple of years ago outlawing the "standard" fuel cans replacing them with some ventless (or nozzle vented) new things that I can't pour from without spilling. I don't think the folks who make these rules ever use the things they rule on...they're a bunch of desk-bound, tree-hugging, ignorant swine.

Tom A


Oliver    Posted 02-01-2005 at 11:28:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just wondering who elected the people that are making these rules for you?


dunno...    Posted 02-01-2005 at 12:02:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I suspect the bureaucrats are making the rules, and nobody elects them. But they do what the politicians tell them, and the city folks in Baltimore and a couple of citified counties elect them...those of us in the hinterlands don't have any clout even though a good many of us vote.

Bkeepr


bob ny    Posted 02-01-2005 at 07:39:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
i haven't heard any crap about the paint but dem blasted new gas containers are a b-tch.theres a worst danger spilling when pouring than storing and hauling.


agree!    Posted 02-01-2005 at 07:44:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I waste more gas and kero trying to fill things with them than ever was lost through vapor with the old ones.

Bkeepr


Salmoneye    Posted 02-01-2005 at 07:23:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can't even imagine why this would be an issue...



PS.....    Posted 02-01-2005 at 07:25:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am not finding anything on this on the net whatsoever...

You sure your store isn't just blowing smoke???

Salmoneye,


I checked the net, too    Posted 02-01-2005 at 07:34:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I didn't find any mention either, but I can't see why they'd blow smoke about it as I overheard them lose a sizable paint order because of it.

When I asked for details, the guy said Maryland had adopted some strict California law for reducing VOCs in the air. I'm with you--don't see a reason for it--and I'm mad as heck.

Bkeepr


Salmoneye    Posted 02-01-2005 at 07:38:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can only find one mention whatsoever, and it is a 'suggestion' from the State of Maryland to not use oil base paints when there is a 'smog alert'...

So these people are telling you that all autobody paint shops, car dealers, tractor repair shops etc will not be able to paint machinery in Maryland?

I don't buy it...



well I'm not sure    Posted 02-01-2005 at 07:43:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't know I can go that far. He implied "Harry Homeowner" couldn't buy oil-based paints in Maryland, not sure about businesses.

I'm going to guess, because it's how they do things around here, that if you apply for a special license, you can get all the oil-based paint you want. But to get the license you'll have to pay a fee and attend a State-developed and approved training class...but I'm only speculating on that because of history. I have to start making some phone calls to verify.

If need be, I can always drive 20 minutes to PA to get my barn paint.

Bkeepr


Here...    Posted 02-01-2005 at 07:40:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
http://textonly.mde.state.md.us/Air/get_involved/Ozone_GetInvolved_Paints.asp

The top left of this page has the 800 number for Maryland dept. of Environment

Salmoneye,


thanks!    Posted 02-01-2005 at 07:45:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'll call 'em this afternoon.


Please...    Posted 02-01-2005 at 07:47:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Let us know...

I don't live there, and I am ticked...

LOL

Salmoneye,


tacon1    Posted 02-01-2005 at 10:04:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
California passed regulations on this long ago (I think 1987) to reduce the VOC's. I read that the east coast states are getting into it now. I heard that New York City banned it the first of this year, but not the est of the state. (yet)


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