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EPA Proposes Rule to Protect Consumers from Harmful Chemicals Found in Homes and Schools

EPA is taking action to protect consumers from new uses and imports of the harmful chemicals Toluene Diisocyanates (TDI).

WASHINGTON – Today, EPA is taking action to protect consumers from new uses and imports of the harmful chemicals Toluene Diisocyanates (TDI).

These chemicals are currently widely used in residual amounts in the production of polyurethanes and consumer products, such as coatings, elastomers, adhesives, and sealants and can be found in products used in and around homes or schools. Diisocyanates are well known dermal and inhalation sensitizers in the workplace and can cause asthma, lung damage, and in severe cases, death.

The proposed decision would give EPA the opportunity to evaluate the use of, and if necessary, to take action to prohibit or limit all products containing over 0.1 percent of the chemical including imported products that make their way into the United States.

EPA’s proposed action, a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), would require manufacturers (including importers) to notify EPA at least 90 days before starting or resuming new uses of these chemicals in consumer products at levels above 0.1 percent by weight.  EPA would then have the opportunity to evaluate the intended use of the chemicals and, if necessary, take action to prohibit or limit the activity.
Additional information on the proposed SNUR on TDI and related compounds and how to provide comments can be found at:  http://www.epa.gov/oppt/existingchemicals/pubs/actionplans/tdi.html

The next CIAQ meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 4th from 1:00 to about 4:00 pm.

Agenda
(1) Member Agencies: Provide updates on their IAQ and IEQ recent past and future activities; details to follow.

Member agency representatives, please let me know whether you will have an update for the Committee as soon as possible. Thank you. 

(2) Presentation: Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) and isocyanates. What are the latest emissions studies telling us? What are the latest recommendations regarding the manufacture, application, and use of SPF? The presenters aim to answer these and other questions, and provide an overview of ongoing and future activities. Also, an article in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), (Vol 57, Number 1, January 2015), speaks to this topic.

The EPA and NIST presenters will likely include Carol Hetfield, Katherine Sleasman, Mark Mason, and Dustin Poppendieck. Prior to the meeting, the Agenda and Presentation will be posted to the website, www.epa.gov/iaq/ciaq.

If arriving by Metro-Rail exit the system at the Federal Triangle station served by Silver, Orange and Blue line trains. The Federal Triangle Complex (FTC) includes the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center (http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/visiting-epa-headquarters).

Please note: Anyone may join the meeting; you do not have to register. We will be using Adobe Connect in combination with an operator assisted phone line. The Adobe Connect session for this meeting is a ?seminar? (aka webinar).  At 1:00 PM simply click on the link below to enter the seminar room:

https://epa.connectsolutions.com/ciaq0204/ 

The call-in phone number and ID will be provided in later notices and website updates.



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