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Web Date: April 13, 2011

EPA Targets Diisocyanates

Regulation: Concern about consumer exposure drives action
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: EPA, toluene diisocyanate, methylene diphenyl diisocyanate

Diisocyantes, which are ingredients in polyurethane plastics, face Environmental Protection Agency regulation due to concerns about health effects, the agency announced on April 13.

The main focus of EPA's efforts is do-it-yourself consumer products such as spray foam insulation, concrete sealers, adhesives, and floor finishes. These polyurethane products may contain uncured diisocyanates, according to the agency. This contrasts with cured products, such as polyurethane foam in mattresses, which are not of concern, EPA says.

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