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CPI Launches Regulatory Compliance Assistance Program to Control TDI Emission

Published on 2012-07-24. Author : SpecialChem

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) has launched a new program designed to help manufacturers, processors and other users of toluene diisocyanate (TDI) with calculating emissions to meet mandatory reporting obligations to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). CPI's Regulatory Compliance Assistance Program (RCAP) is a tool to help facilities calculate their Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting.

This program was created as general guidance to help facilities understand and estimate TDI emissions for TRI reporting under the "toluene diisocyanate (mixed isomers)," "toluene-2,4-diisocyanate" and "toluene-2,6-diisocyanate" categories. Facilities that use TDI and exceed the threshold limits are required by EPA to submit a Form A or Form R by July 1st of each year to federal regulators and to other corresponding state agencies based on the proceeding calendar year activities.

"We are proud of our continued efforts to help our industry meet their mandatory emissions reporting obligations by developing these programs that offer support and information to what can be a complicated system of TDI reporting. This particular tool was designed with unique interactive qualities and in a spreadsheet format to provide our users with convenience and ease. I encourage all those interested in learning more about this tool to visit our site and use the RCAP tool," said CPI Senior Director Lee Salamone.

This new tool has a number of built-in formulas to estimate emissions from typical process applications and activities. The interactive tool is in a convenient spreadsheet format allowing users to easily import data and print helpful reports and is available free of charge on CPI's Website. In addition to the RCAP for TDI, CPI also offers a similar program for MDI under the "diisocyanates" category. CPI offers program users support to help answer questions regarding MDI, PMDI, TDI or TRI reporting.

About the American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $720 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.

About the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of the American Chemistry Council promotes the sustainable growth of the polyurethanes industry. Its members are U.S. producers or distributors of chemicals and equipment used to make polyurethane or manufacturers of polyurethane products.

Source: American Chemistry Council

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