EPA has proposed a new rule to restrict the use of seven toluene diisocyanates (TDIs) in consumer products. TDIs are commonly used in the production of polyurethanes found in foams, coatings, elastomers, adhesives and sealants used in consumer products. Flexible foams (for cushioning) and rigid foams (for insulation) are the chief uses for TDI.Published on January 15, 2015, the proposed Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) would apply to all consumer products containing any of the seven TDIs. In most instances, consumer products will be covered by the rule if they contain these chemicals at any level of concentration. All manufacturers, importers, and product processers utilizing these chemicals would be required to notify EPA at least 90 days before such activity commences or resumes. This would give EPA an opportunity to examine the intended use of products, evaluate the risks and potential hazards, and potential ban or restrict the products’ manufacture, processing or import.
For more information about this proposed rule, including information and deadlines for submitting public comments, see our full report here.