Earlier this month, the EPA announced that 14 chemicals commonly known as glymes and used in the production of many paints/coatings will face new federal regulation. Under the proposed Significant New Use Rule (links to pdf), part of the Toxic Substances Control Act, companies who want to use glymes in new products would have to provide the EPA with a written notice 90 days before production begins.
Glymes are used in many industries beyond just painting and coating. They are also found in batteries, adhesives and even automotive brake systems. The EPA says that the 90 day waiting period will allow them to see how the chemicals are being used. While there are 14 chemicals that fall into the new regulation, the two most common in the painting world are monoglyme and diglyme (both are solvents).
- Monoglyme – Industrial solvent used as a process aid and is common in component for industrial coatings and lithium ion batteries.
- Diglyme – A specialty solvent in the coating industry. Commonly used in sealants, adhesives and automotive care products.
The new rules are open for a public comment period through September 9, 2011. After the 9th, the EPA will take the comments into consideration, make any last minutes changes to the new rules and then officially put them into effect.
For a full list of the chemicals and the proposed regulation on new products, visit the Federal eRulemaking Portal and search for docket number EPA–HQ–OPPT–2009–0767. Will these new rules affect your business? Let us know in the comments and happy coating.