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CPI Unveils Regulatory Compliance Assistance Program for MDI Emissions

Published on 2013-05-07. Author : SpecialChem

WASHINGTON -- The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) has expanded its Regulatory Compliance Assistance Program (RCAP) by upgrading the interactive tool designed to help manufacturers, processors and other users of diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI) and polymeric MDI (PMDI) in calculating emissions. This tools aids users in complying with mandatory reporting obligations to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by estimating emissions from typical process applications and activities. Users who exceed the threshold limits set by EPA are required to submit a Form A or Form R by July 1st each year to EPA and the designated state agency.

The RCAP can be used by companies in their Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting. CPI expanded the tool in its "diisocyanates" category to address 12 additional examples of emissions from various applications including the manufacture of air filters, appliances, truck, automotive, boats, doors, mobile homes/motor homes, packaging, rebond, spray foam, spandex and water heaters. CPI Senior Director Lee Salamone explained that new additions to CPI's RCAP program will make TRI reporting a more streamlined process for the polyurethanes community.

"Finding support for a complex system of MDI reporting can be a challenge," Salamone said. "Our expanded tool can meet the needs of this industry-whether it's reporting emissions from spray foam in a motor home manufacturing facility or from water heater assembly operations. A company can use this tool to generate TRI reporting data in a user-friendly spreadsheet format."

About Center for the Polyurethanes Industry

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council serves as the voice of the polyurethanes industry in North America, promoting its development and coordinating with polyurethane trade associations across the globe. CPI's members include the nation's leading suppliers, producers and distributors of chemicals and equipment used to make polyurethane and manufactures of polyurethane products. CPI helps build a stronger foundation for polyurethane chemistry by advocating for science-based research, reinforcing the industry's commitment to environmental sustainability, fostering product health and safety and supporting outreach and education.

Source: CPI

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