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EGBE HAPS Delisting Gives Dow Customers More Options

Published on 2004-11-29. Author : SpecialChem

Midland, MI -- The Dow Chemical Company applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) November 18 decision to remove ethylene glycol butyl ether (EGBE, or 2-butoxyethanol CAS# 111-76-2) from the Clean Air Act (CAA) list of Hazardous Air Pollutants. The EPA decision means that EGBE will no longer be subject to the CAA's Maximum Achievable Control Technology Requirements, or its residual risk and other requirements. It also creates incentives for industry to use EGBE instead of more toxic solvents.

This decision follows a June 15 announcement by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), whose experts reviewed EGBE and found inadequate evidence of carcinogenicity in humans and limited evidence of carcinogenicity in animals. EGBE was placed in the IARC's Group 3, as not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans. IARC, part of the World Health Organization, has for more than 40 years been the leading international agency that convenes expert panels to classify the potential carcinogenic risks of chemical compounds.

"This is excellent news for our customers," says Mark Bassett, senior business commercial leader, Dow Oxygenated Solvents. "Our customers can now reap the full benefits of Butyl CELLOSOLVE™ solvent, our most cost-effective coupling solvent."

Butyl CELLOSOLVE is a very versatile solvent with a good balance of many different properties. With a nearly equal balance of hydrophobic and hydrophilic character, Butyl CELLOSOLVE provides excellent performance in coatings, cleaners and many other types of products. It is one of Dow's fastest evaporating glycol ethers. It is compatible with a wide range of resin types and offers 100 percent water solubility.

Dow Glycol Ethers is the market leader in glycol ether products used in paints and coatings, cleaning products, inks, and electronics. Dow offers a full range of ethylene-based and propylene-based glycol ether products, including DOWANOL* glycol ethers, and CELLOSOLVE™ and CARBITOL™ solvents. Production locations are located in Victoria, Texas; Hahnville, La.; Plaquemine, La.; Midland, Mich.; Stade, Germany; San Lorenzo, Argentina; and the OPTIMAL Group of Companies (JV with Petronas) in Malaysia. The business is committed to the principles of Responsible Care® and sustainable development.

Source: Dow

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