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VOC Paint Facts
By Dr. Alan Greene
  • According to the EPA, 9 percent of the airborne pollutants creating ground-level ozone come from the VOCs in paint.1
  • In sunlight, some paint VOCs can react with nitrous oxide and create smog—we think of it as coming from auto exhausts, but it also comes from oil-based paints.
  • The disposal of conventional paints causes landfill and groundwater contamination, whereas low- and zero-VOC paints are not considered hazardous waste materials.
  • The use of chemical-laden paints year after year causes them to build up on walls and ceilings of homes, which when later demolished, release contaminants into the air, water, and soil.
1.U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Organic Gases.” . Sept. 11, 2006.


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