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June 10, 2014 – Bethesda, MD –Questioning both inaccurate and incomplete information referenced in the Department of Toxic Substance Control’s (DTSC) Priority Product profile for spray polyurethane foam systems (SPF), the Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) urged Department officials to remove the document from their website until all corrections were made. The Council’s comments were made as part of the DTSC’s Priority Products Workshop held in Los Angeles on June 4th.
The workshop was the third and final in a series of meetings to allow for public discussion of the initial Priority Products chosen by the agency before the official rulemaking process begins this fall.
“Following the two earlier workshops, DTSC officials acknowledged misstatements in the Priority Product profile for SPF, yet they have failed to remove it from the Department website or make any changes to the document, “ said Mark Collatz, ASC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs. “Some of these inaccuracies are so basic that we can’t help to but raise questions with the fundamental validity of the entire Priority Product profile.”
For example, Collatz cited the Department’s inaccurate claim throughout the product profile that toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) may be found as minor components or residual constituents in SPF systems.
“This type of blatant misstatement not only hurts the manufacturers of those products, but also brings into question how the DTSC is getting their information,” said Collatz.
To avoid further mischaracterizations in other future Priority Product profiles, ASC urged DTSC to consider developing an external advisory committee—comprised of experts familiar with the products under review—to evaluate the documents for accuracy before they are made public.
The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the adhesive and sealant industry. The Council is comprised of 131 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, distributors and industry consultants, representing more than 75% of the U.S. industry with operations around the world. Offering education, legislative advocacy, professional networking and business growth solutions for its members, the ASC is the center of knowledge and catalyst for industry growth on a global basis for manufacturers, suppliers and end-users. For more information about ASC, visit www.ascouncil.org.