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The NPPR 2025 Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP) is designed to motivate, challenge, and reward facilities to reduce the use of chemicals, especially hazardous chemicals, through source reduction measures. These measures include the following approaches:
- Making changes in production processes and adopting new technologies
- Moving toward cleaner processes that avoid the use and generation of toxic chemicals
- Changing raw materials to include benign or low toxicity materials that degrade into innocuous substances in the environment
- Using tools and design options in support of green chemistry
- Selecting and using safe alternatives
As part of this program, companies are encouraged to partner with state and local technical assistance programs. Such programs can help identify ways to reduce waste and emissions and move toward safer substitute chemicals, which can result in reduced costs, improved productivity, and regulatory compliance.
Challenge Program Benefits
By making changes and participating in the Challenge Program, companies can:
- Improve employee health and safety
- Minimize risk and liability Institute supply chain initiatives
- Improve company image with the community
- Reward investments in the design of increasingly safer chemicals and products
- Reduce cost of compliance and employee protection
- Realize that alternatives may have improved performance
- Improve profitability
This is a list of state and federal chemicals of concern.
To view the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program (SCCP) FAQs.
September 9 Webinar - Alternative Products: Release Agents for Parts Manufacturing, Concrete Stamping and Asphalt Manufacture and Application
Date: Tuesday, September 9
Time: 2 PM ET
(Hosted by WSPPN & NPPR as part of the Safer Chemistry Challenge Program Fall Webinar Series)
In some manufacturing operations, various substrates are used to manufacture parts which are molded into a particular form. Mold release agents are used to prevent the fiberglass or plastic from sticking to the mold. Concrete and concrete overlay stamping involve stamping a pattern into concrete to give it the appearance of stone. Release agents are used between the curing concrete and the mats with the pattern to be stamped to prevent the concrete from sticking to the mat. A release agent is also used in asphalt manufacturing plants and when asphalt is being applied to roads to prevent the asphalt from building up and sticking to equipment and tools.
EPA Region IX and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) sponsored a project conducted by the Institute for Research and Technical Assistance (IRTA), a nonprofit organization, to identify, develop, test and demonstrate low-VOC, low toxicity alternatives to the high VOC content materials used as release agents in these applications.
IRTA tested and demonstrated alternatives including water-based release agents, petroleum based lubricants, lubricants based on soy, and vegetable oil containing soy and canola oil recycled from restaurants. IRTA analyzed and compared the cost of using the alternatives. The project has been completed and the SCAQMD plans to develop regulations requiring the use of low-VOC alternatives over the next year or so.
Dr. Katy Wolf will present the findings of IRTA’s alternatives product research project and provide a comparison of alternative release agents.
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