The California Air Resources Board (ARB) announced today that it has fined a manufacturer of indoor air cleaning machines $120,000 for violating state regulations that applied to two of its products. ARB said that the equipment violated the state's "Regulation for Limiting Ozone Emissions from Indoor Air Cleaning Devices."
One of the models was an air purifier for home use called the Ionic Pro Turbo. The other was designed to be used in motor vehicles, the Ionic Pro Car Ionizer. Both units were sold in California between October 2010 and November 2012.
The manufacturer of the equipment is Envion LLC, based in Sherman Oaks, CA.
Residents of Bakersfield and the San Joaquin Valley often purchase similar products for personal use to relieve respiratory symptoms attributed to smog and the many agricultural related allergens present in the air.
ARB said that Envion failed to certify that the devices did not exceed health-based ozone emission limits. Additionally, the company failed to comply with laws related to internet sales by not having the following advisory notice: “Does not meet California requirements; cannot be shipped to California.”
Jim Ryden, ARB's Enforcement Chief, said, “When purchasing air cleaners in California, consumers can look for an ‘ARB certified’ label. This label informs consumers that the product meets California’s air quality requirements and can be sold in the state. Our underlying goal is to protect public health.”
The fine will be put into the California Air Pollution Control Fund and used for projects and research to improve California’s air quality. ARB said that Envion fully cooperated with the investigation and took the necessary steps to certify the models in question and to ensure future compliance.