US environmental regulators urged to recognise PVC diversity

03 August 2011 23:17  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacturers are urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure that proposed plant air emissions regulations reflect the wide diversity of PVC resins, a trade group said on Wednesday.

The Vinyl Institute supports the Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) regulations for PVC manufacturing, “but the final rule should acknowledge that each PVC resin is carefully developed for a particular end use and the performance demands associated with that use”, said institute acting president Allen Blakey.

“One resin can be so different from another that it is actually a different product, and should be regulated as such,” he added.

Resin is mixed with other ingredients to give a range of performance properties required in products from PVC pipe to vinyl packaging , the trade group said.

A working group of PVC producers said in a statement filed with the EPA that more than 100 different PVC resins are produced each year by the US industry.

The final rules are expected to be published in January, Blakey said.

Judith Nordgren, managing director of the chlorine chemistry division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), said, "Since large amounts of chlorine are produced to manufacture PVC, the PVC MACT rule could have a domino effect that would harm the chlor-alkali industry and its employees”.

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By: Brian Ford
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