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CARB Solicits Comments on Cool Paints and Reflective Glazing Regulations; Workshop Scheduled for March 12

The California Air Resource Board (CARB) currently is soliciting comments on the proposed Cool Paints and Reflective Glazing regulations. The regulations are designed to reduce the solar heat gain in a vehicle parked in the sun via changes to its windows (utilizing reflective glazing). Other portions of the draft apply to changes to the reformulation of vehicle paint and ventilation issues. Comments on the draft, which is available here, are due March 10.

If accepted, the group hopes to adopt the new reflective glazing regulations by January 1, 2010. The idea behind the regulations are that a cooler vehicle interior would maker drivers less prone to use their air conditioners, and therefore it would reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

A public workshop regarding the draft regulations is scheduled for March 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Air Resources Board in El Monte, Calif. (CLICK HERE for more information.)

A session regarding the regulations was held at last week's National Auto Glass Conference. (CLICK HERE for related story.)

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