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The US chemical council opposed the DTSC as a priority product for spraying polyurethane foam insulation materials

2018.06.13   16:43

California's toxic material control agency (DTSC) today announced that it decided to list the reactive MDI's sprayed polyurethane foam insulation material (SPF) as a priority product under the state's safe consumer product (SCP) program. In response, the US chemical Council (ACC) issued the following statement. The statement may be made by Steve Russell, vice president of Plastics Department.

"The US chemical Council strongly opposes the California Toxic Substances Control Bureau as a priority product for spraying polyurethane foam compound containing reactive MDI. This decision lacks scientific basis, without the support of historical records, and will lead to a reduction in the utilization of resources in the public and private sectors. Since four years ago, the first time to put SPF into the SCP plan, the industry has actively provided a lot of scientific data and other materials, proving that SPF is not suitable for inclusion in the SCP plan. SPF does not meet the minimum set standards set by the toxic substances control agency. The chemical Council of the United States is disappointed that the toxic material control board is disregard of existing product management plans and refuses the industry's constructive efforts to develop a more effective alternative to SPF.

"The US chemical Council urged California to abandon its current management practices and adopt a new policy to help combat climate change with SPF. The use of SPF's environmental performance will help California achieve the goal of energy efficiency and climate change formulated by governor Brown and AB32 under the California climate change bill. "

"Owners and builders in California can and should continue to use SPF products. SPF is chemically inert. As an effective and practical building material, it has a successful application history of 40 years. It is estimated that 10% of households in California use SPF insulation materials every year to improve energy efficiency of buildings. As a result, SPF houses can reduce CO2 emissions by 800 thousand tonnes a year, equivalent to 2700 cars per year on the roads in California. "Ensuring the health and safety of the human body is the top priority of the polyurethane industry. Our commitment to product management and partnership supports regulatory compliance and responsible industry practices. We have worked closely with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the American Institute for occupational safety and health, the United States Occupational Safety and health agency, and the American Consumer Product Safety Commission for more than 8 years, sharing data with relevant parties and providing information and resources for the development of members' products.


               By Robert

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