EPA Provides New Criteria in its Design for the Environment (DfE) Program


Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: Pollution Prevention Act (PPA)

The EPA has announced via its DfE program new criteria to help companies and other groups, such as states and environmental organizations, identify safer chemicals.  The criteria will play a central role in DfE Alternatives Assessments. The DfE program works in partnership with industry, environmental groups, and academia to help industry choose safer alternatives to chemicals that may pose a concern to human health or the environment.

DfE Alternatives Assessments will be conducted for bisphenol A (BPA), phthalates, decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE), hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) and nonylphenol and nonylphenol ethoxylates (NP and NPEs).  Both the BPA and decaBDE efforts are under way and include the use of BPA and its alternatives in thermal paper, such as cash register receipts, and the review of flame retardant alternatives to decaBDE in products such as textiles, plastic palettes, and electronics.  Assessments of phthalates, the flame retardant HBCD, and NPEs will begin in 2011.

Members are encouraged to consider commenting on the criteria.  EPA will accept comments through January 31, 2011.

For more information and to access the criteria click here.  If there is interest in commenting or any questions, please contact Dan Newton at 202 721 4158.

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