Illinois EPA grants Provisional Variance

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has granted Reckitt Benckiser Inc., a company that makes and markets health and personal care products, a provisional variance from the Illinois Administrative Code.  The variance allows the company to continue selling its Air Wick® Freshmatic® Ultra air freshener to Illinois distributors, utilizing an ingredient that differs from its present formula.

Reckitt Benckiser Inc. requested the provisional variance due to the temporary unavailability of a key ingredient of the aerosol, which is regulated under

Illinois rules. This ingredient is being diverted by the manufacturer to the Gulf region to aid in the oil spill response.

The provisional variance gives Reckitt Benckiser Inc. 45-day relief from Section 223.205 (a)(5)(A) of the Illinois Administrative Code. The variance is

granted based on information that no significant adverse environmental effect would result.

Reckitt Benckiser Inc. is required to submit a report detailing sales information of Air Wick® Freshmatic® Ultra air freshener to Illinois distributors during the 45-day period. Reckitt Benckiser Inc. must also submit information describing how the company will achieve compliance within the terms of the provisional variance.

The Illinois EPA has determined that the environmental impact from the provisional variance would be minimal, no reasonable alternative appears to be available, no federal regulations would prohibit granting the request, and the facility would face an arbitrary and unreasonable hardship if the Illinois EPA did not grant the requested variance. All other requirements will remain in effect.