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ASC Submits its Comments to EPA for Use of Chlorinated Paraffins in Adhesives

Published on 2016-03-08. Author : SpecialChem

Bethesda, MD -- The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) has submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) detailing how adhesive and sealant manufacturers utilize mid and long-chained chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs/LCCPs) in a range of product applications. ASC’s remarks emphasized that these materials impart critical flame retardant properties that are not easy to replicate with replacement alternatives.

Fig. 1: ASC Updates EPA on Chlorinated Paraffin Use

The comments come in response to an EPA request for new available data from industries using MCCPs/LCCPs after the agency preliminarily determined that chlorinated paraffin substances may present an unreasonable risk to the environment as persistent bioaccumulative toxic that may exceed concentrations of concern (COC) to aquatic and sediment – dwelling organisms.

“While ASC and it members want EPA to understand the important properties that chlorinated paraffins contribute to our products, we believe it is just as important that the Agency realize and acknowledge that because of our industry’s best management practices for handling these materials, there is an extremely unlikely potential for direct or indirect release to U.S. waterways,” said Mark Collatz, ASC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs.

Collatz noted that formulators generally receive chlorinated paraffins in bulk shipments that are piped directly into tanks diked with concrete barriers to prevent leakage. Manufacturers, whenever possible, produce batches containing chlorinated paraffins back to back to eliminate the need for cleaning mixers and allowing for the reuse rinse water to minimize waste.

“While the adhesive and sealant manufacturers recognize EPA’s concerns, we believe our industry’s best management practices would open the way for EPA to create an exemption process that would allow for the continued use MCCPs/LCCPs in these type of product formulations,” said Collatz

About Adhesive and Sealant Council

The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the adhesive and sealant industry. The Council is comprised of 138 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, distributors and industry consultants, representing more than 75% of the U.S. industry with operations around the world. Offering education, legislative advocacy, professional networking and business growth solutions for its members, the ASC is the center of knowledge and catalyst for industry growth on a global basis for manufacturers, suppliers and end-users.

Source: Adhesive and Sealant Council

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