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3M™ Novec™ Products

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Advancing Today. Sustaining Tomorrow.

3M™ Novec™ Products

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From fire protection to electronics cleaning, choose 3M™ Novec™ products.

  • 3M™ Novec™ products for safety
    Safety

    3M™ Novec™ products are known for their low toxicity and high margin of safety for workers.

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  • 3M™ Novec™ products for performance
    Performance

    3M™ Novec™ products offer reliable, repeatable performance for your cleaning, cooling, coating and fire protection needs.

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  • 3M™ Novec™ products for sustainability
    Sustainability

    3M™ Novec™ products have low global warming potentials, short atmospheric lifetimes, and don't deplete the ozone layer.

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  • It’s Earth Day! Celebrating significant sustainability strives this year.

    April 22, 2016

    With every year that passes, we gain a better understanding of how our actions affect the world around us, and more importantly, how we can make smarter decisions to reduce impact on the environment. This Earth Day, let's recognize our partners and stakeholders for some of the sustainability strides made over the past year and reignite our united commitment for a more sustainable future.

    U.S. EPA to Reassess SNAP Status of HFCs in Fire Suppression
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a prepublication version of the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program Rule 21, which, among other initiatives, changes the status of a number of substitutes that were previously listed as acceptable. Coming on the heels of the SNAP Fire Suppression Stakeholder Workshop, SNAP Rule 21 notes high GWP HFCs represent a substantial portion of the products in the fire protection market. The HFCs most commonly sold into fire suppression, such as FM-200™, have a GWP that is more than 3000 times that of CO2. The U.S. EPA is requesting updated information on the continuing use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), such as FM-200™, use in fire extinguishing applications and the availability of substitutes or alternative technologies or processes that would obviate their continued use.

  • April 19, 2016

    As part of a prepublication version of the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program’s Rule 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally requested advance comments from the fire protection industry. The U.S. EPA is requesting updated information on continuing the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), such as FM-200™, in fire extinguishing applications and the availability of substitutes or alternative technologies or processes that would obviate their continued use. The U.S. EPA has already proposed to change the status of perfluorocarbons (PFCs) sold into fire suppression to unacceptable because their high global warming potentials (GWPs) are significantly higher than other available alternatives and that risks, other than GWP, are not significantly different. Now they are assessing whether the same conclusion could be made about HFCs used for total flooding and streaming fire protection applications.

    On March 29, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a prepublication version of the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program Rule 21, which, among other initiatives, changes the status of a number of substitutes that were previously listed as acceptable. Coming on the heels of the SNAP Fire Suppression Stakeholder Workshop, SNAP Rule 21 notes high GWP HFCs represent a substantial portion of the products in the fire protection market. The HFCs most commonly sold into fire suppression, such as FM-200™, have a GWP that is more than 3000 times that of CO2.

  • March 24, 2016

    This month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released for public comment and peer review a draft risk assessment for n-propyl bromide (nPB) used in spray adhesives, dry cleaning (including spot cleaners) applications, and vapor degreasing. In addition, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has issued its own draft criteria document for worker exposure to nPB, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) examined the health hazards of nPB associated with different worker exposure durations. With increasing regulations on the use of nPB in vapor degreasing, it’s time to switch to an nPB drop-in replacement like 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids – a family of safer, sustainable solvents.

    Read the full EPA News Release here.

    The draft assessment of nPB, also known as 1-bromopropane (1-BP), was conducted as part of the EPA’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Work Plan assessment effort. According to the assessment, the chemical showed acute risks to women of childbearing age from adverse developmental effects. Other non-cancer and cancer health risks were identified for workers with repeated and chronic exposures.

  • March 14, 2016

    Join your fire protection and fire safety engineering colleagues March 15 - 16 at the 2016 Annual SFPE Greater Atlanta Chapter Fire Safety Conference. Visit our booth to discover how 3M can help minimize your customer’s risk.

    Unlike greenhouse gases like hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is unfazed by the HFC phasedown. It is not targeted for regulatory restrictions and phasedowns and is safe for use in occupied spaces, giving you the confidence to specify a system that will stand the test of time. Thousands of fire protection professionals around the world rely on Novec 1230 fluid to keep essential facilities safely up and running. With a global warming potential of less than one, it is designed for the life of the system, the life of the investment and the life of the planet.

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