August 23, 2016
On July 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent a proposal to The White House for final review, which would enact new restrictions on the use of the degreasing chemical trichloroethylene (TCE). According to the Chemical Regulations Reporter®, it remains unclear if the proposal would aim to enact a partial ban or phasedown of TCE to help prevent workplace exposure to the chemical, or if a full ban is recommended. Details of the proposal will not be released until The White House completes its final review (expected November 2016).
Section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) provides authority for the EPA to ban or restrict the manufacture (including import), processing, distribution in commerce, and use of chemicals, as well as any manner or method of disposal. With this new proposal, the EPA will determine whether the continued use of TCE would pose an unreasonable risk to human health and the environment in vapor degreasing applications (RIN 2070-AK11) and as a spotting agent in dry cleaning and in certain consumer products (RIN 2070-AK03).
August 9, 2016
International media, including Reuters, UNEP News Centre and The New York Times, is buzzing about the July 15-23, 2016 climate change summit in Vienna, Austria and the significant progress that has been made on the global phasedown plans for hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol. Negotiations involved nearly 200 countries, resulting in what many environmentalists have called “the most significant action this year to reduce global warming,” according to The New York Times. With the draft language emerging from Vienna, it is anticipated that a final deal could be ready to be signed at the October summit in Kigali, Rwanda.
The main goals for the Vienna meetings were to reach a global agreement on the following, before the final summit in Rwanda in October:
“Amending the Montreal Protocol to phase down HFCs is one of the single most important unitary steps that we could possibly take at this moment to stave off the worst impacts of climate change and to protect the future for people in every single corner of the globe,” Secretary of State John Kerry said.
August 2, 2016
One of the most important decisions in designing a data center is choosing the right fire protection -because even a small fire can result in costly service interruptions, destroyed equipment, loss of valuable customer data and even disruptions to vital services such as emergency response and air traffic control. For every data center, the fire suppression system must be designed with various factors in mind, including location of racks, any barriers (e.g. aisle containment), and air flow patterns.
Finding a balanced solution that protects the business and critical assets, while anticipating regulatory changes and technological advances, can be complicated.
To help navigate the data center fire protection market, technology and the legislative landscape, the publication Data Center Solutions or DCS interviewed 3M’s Kurt Werner, Global Business Development Manager for 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid.
July 28, 2016
Businesses with operations in Korea now have peace of mind that 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid can be specified in total flooding systems requiring approval from the Korea Fire Institute (KFI). Novec 1230 fluid revolutionized the fire protection market 15 years ago. Today, with more than 50,000 system installations in over 90 countries, and the approvals to back up our promises, we continue to move the industry forward with the purpose of delivering a clean agent solution that is designed to work now and for years to come.
With an agreement reached under the Montreal Protocol that the framework for a global phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) will be decided in 2016, specifying 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid has never been more important. At 3M, we are proud to be known for sustainable, consistent, quality products, and as a reliable source of supply time and time again.