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TSCA New Chemicals Program P2 Recognition Project, 2005

The P2 Recognition Project serves as a means to acknowledge companies for developing innovative chemistry and technologies that further pollution prevention and other environmental goals. EPA's New Chemicals Program, in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, hopes that honoring of such innovation by the Agency (and the publicity associated with it) will serve as a stimulus to further innovation both to the company receiving the letter and to other chemical companies.

The New Chemicals Program, which screens up to 2500 chemicals a year, identified the chemicals proposed for P2 recognition through the Premanufacture Notice (PMN) P2 screening process, as well as during more detailed new chemical reviews. The New Chemicals Program also includes the Biotechnology Program, which reviews new (i.e., intergeneric) microorganisms. The P2 Recognition Project relies heavily on information contained in the PMN on P2 aspects of the new chemical or biotech product, although supplemental information has also been considered

2005 P2 Awardees

In 2005, the Agency recognized the following accomplishments in pollution prevention:

American Acryl LP - Reduction or elimination of manufacturing process streams being released to hazardous waste streams or otherwise being released to the environment. Process streams that had been sent as hazardous waste for treatment off-site are converted to useful products thereby reducing the quantity of hazardous waste released to the environment. The result is a source reduction with a product that reduces the generation of subsequent solid waste during its use. American Acryl LP has reduced the quantity of waste material that must be managed by millions of pounds. (Verbiage submitted by Company for website received April 18, 2005)

The Archer Daniels Midland Company - Development of a reactive coalescent that does not contribute to VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions when tested, according to EPA Method 24, for use in commercial/ retail coating formulations. In order to meet demanding State and Federal VOC regulations, Archer RC has been developed to reduce the amount of volatile organics being emitted into the atmosphere arising from currently used, petroleum-based coalescents. Archer RC achieves this by becoming integrated into the coating as it cures. The exposure to hazardous volatile substances by consumer and commercial operators will be reduced when paints and coatings that utilize Archer RC as the coalescent are used. Archer RC is made from renewable and biodegradable corn or sunflower oil. Verbiage submitted by the Company for the P2 Website on May 11, 2005)

Givaudan Fragrances Corporation - The PMN chemical was the result of a research project focused on the synthesis and subsequent commercial development of safer alternatives to existing fragrance molecules. The molecule targeted for replacement had been found to have genotoxicity concerns in certain studies. For this reason, its use was becoming more and more restricted. The PMN chemical was designed to eliminate that portion of the molecule believed to be responsible for its negative biological activity. Similar studies, when conducted with the PMN chemical, were favorable. Thus, the PMN chemical would provide an overall reduction in risk to human health. An added benefit for the environment derives from the fact the PMN chemical is very intense. This dramatic increase in odor intensity compared to the targeted molecule means less is required to achieve the same effect. The net result is a reduction in environmental burden. (Verbiage submitted by the Company for the P2 website on July 5, 2005.)

 


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