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Toxic Chemicals


In February 2012, the EPA issued a document, “Existing Chemicals Program: Strategy” under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) which noted that the TSCA inventory of chemicals in commerce now exceeds 84,000 chemicals. Furthermore, periodic TSCA chemical data reporting has indicated that there are approximately 7,000 chemicals currently produced at volumes of 25,000 pounds or greater. Under TSCA, the EPA is responsible for assessing the safety of these commercial chemicals and to take necessary action if there are significant risks to human health or the environment from those chemicals.

To implement this Strategy, the EPA developed a number of Action Plans for addressing specific chemicals of concern. Based on these plans, the EPA is seeking technological innovations that can be developed and commercialized to address the following need:

  • 4A: Less toxic coatings: Polyurethane coatings that do not have free isocyanate groups in their monomers or pre-polymers.
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