- WEB EXCLUSIVE
- PE COFFEEHAUS
The assessments are optional for companies looking to apply safer chemicals and were presented by the agency for the benefit of decision-making. The recommendations could affect the market for many of these products. Assessments are based on end-user, not manufacturing safety and environmental effects.
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. Information on chemical hazards from DfE Alternatives Assessments is combined with industry data on performance and cost to guide the choice of safer alternatives. To distinguish among alternatives, DfE evaluates data for each chemical and assigns hazard levels of high, moderate, or low for human health and environmental concerns.
DfE Alternatives Assessments will be conducted for the following chemicals:
- bisphenol A (BPA),
- decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE),
- hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) and
- nonylphenol and nonylphenol ethoxylates (NP and NPEs).
The agency will accept comment on the criteria through Jan. 31, 2011.
SOURCE: EPA press release