Today, the U.S. EPA released the final risk assessment for N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP), a chemical commonly used to remove paint and other coatings. The assessment identified risks to pregnant women and women of childbearing age, who have high exposure to NMP through paint or other coating removal.
“By completing this assessment, we have taken an important step in protecting pregnant women and women of childbearing age who are using NMP to remove paint,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “It is a reminder that as we evaluate these risks, it is very clear that our nation’s chemical laws are in much need of reform. Completing this assessment will now trigger a process to address these unacceptable risks.”
Acute and chronic risks identified for women of childbearing age who use NMP for less than four hours per day may be reduced by use of specific types of chemical-resistant gloves. However, gloves and respirators do not adequately reduce risks to women of childbearing age who use NMP for more than four hours per day on a single day or repeatedly over a succession of days.
The NMP final risk assessment was developed as part of the Agency’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan, which identified chemicals for review and assessment of potential risks to people’s health and the environment.
NMP is a common alternative to methylene chloride, also known as Dichloromethane (DCM), a chemical-based paint and coating remover. EPA has also identified risks associated with methylene chloride during the removal of paint and other coatings. For both NMP and methylene chloride, EPA is considering a range of voluntary and regulatory actions to reduce risks, and recommends finding safer paint/coating removal chemicals, or taking precautions that can reduce exposures, such as using the product outside, in a well-ventilated area, and wearing proper gloves and respiratory protection.
Additional information on the NMP final risk assessment and other work plan chemicals can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/existingchemicals/pubs/riskassess.html
This webinar series consists of short presentations on both large and small changes you can make to improve your painting processes – presented by painting industry practitioners and suppliers with first-hand experience to share. This is a chance to ask questions about how the changes worked, what was required, and how it might apply to your facility. Voluntary changes now that reduce VOC emissions could help Minnesota avoid ground level ozone regulations that are on the horizon.
Register for all three webinars at http://mntap.umn.edu/Webinar/index.html.
Session 1: January 21, 2015, 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Transfer Efficiency – Equipment and procedures to put more of your paint on the product
- Superior Industries: Toby Weigman will discuss savings from implementation of plural component mixing and electrostatic spray equipment
- Donaldson Inc.: Mark Walsworth will discuss the Impact of electrostatic spray equipment and high solids paint at their California plant
- Graco: Michelle Striggow will discuss the range of transfer efficiency options including air spray improvements, electrostatics, and plural component mixing
Session 2: February 4, 2015, 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Paint Formulation Modifications – Improvements in paints that are better for the environment
- Nordicware: Bette Danielson will discuss paint solvent selection to reduce TRI reporting
- Graco: Eric Lilyblad will discuss paint reformulation to reduce HAPs and TRI reporting
- Supplier TBD: Speaker will discuss the range of reformulation options and how to work with your paint supplier to modify or reformulate
Session 3: February 18, 2015, 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Powder Coating Considerations – Will it work for you; Can you make the system more efficient?
- Lou Rich: Speaker will discuss why their company implemented powder coating and the benefits of the system
- Valley Craft: Tom Balow will discuss why they are expanding their powder coating capacity
- Powder Coating Institute: Nick Liberto will provide an introduction to powder and how to make powder coating systems efficient.
Read the full story at Paint Square.
Methylene chloride, widely used in paint stripping products, poses a health threat to hundreds of thousands of workers, consumers and project bystanders, U.S. authorities have determined.
The findings of the final risk assessment by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could move the agency a step closer to regulating the chemical, also known as Dichloromethane (DCM).
Read the full story from North Dakota State University.
A chromium-free paint developed through research at North Dakota State University, Fargo, and licensed to Elinor Specialty Coatings, Inc., is a 2014 TechConnect National Innovation Awardee. Elinor licensed the technology through the NDSU Research Foundation, and developed Aluma45 MgRP™, a chromium-free magnesium-rich primer for use on aluminum-alloys and composites in ship, automotive and construction materials manufacturing. Aluma45™ can be used directly on bare metal, eliminating chromium-based pre-treatments, which reduces weight, manufacturing time and costs, while eliminating toxic chromium coating procedures and disposal.
Draft stewardship plan
PaintCare Inc. submitted a detailed stewardship plan on March 3, 2014. Following a public comment period, the Pollution Control Agency completed staff review of the plan and provided comments.
PaintCare now has 60 days to submit a revised plan. The MPCA must approve a plan before the program can begin.
Visit the MPCA web site to see the draft plan and comments from the MPCA and other interested parties.
Other paint news
Minnesota: PaintCare is hosting free webinars in May for retailers. They will explain the Minnesota Paint Stewardship Program, review the responsibilities of retailers under the law, and provide an opportunity to ask questions. Advance registration online. (May 21 – 22 – 28 – 30)
Elsewhere: Colorado’s legislature set the stage for becoming the eighth state to join the PaintCare program. The bill has been sent to the governor.
Read the full story at Greenversations.
One of the most exciting parts of my job is learning about technologies by American innovators and researchers that are solving some of our most pressing environmental problems. These discoveries are bringing us safer chemicals, reducing hazardous waste, energy and water, and improving the bottom line for America’s manufacturing sector.
Did you know that one of the ways we traditionally make paint can use up tremendous amounts of energy, water, and chemicals in the manufacturing process, as well as being costly? Scientists have recently found a technology that can help solve this problem – and I recently visited the facility where it’s happening.