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Environment

Makers Of D4 Agree To Conduct Tests

by Cheryl Hogue
April 14, 2014 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 92, ISSUE 15

Manufacturers of a cyclic methylsiloxane will measure concentrations of the compound in wastewater, aquatic organisms, and sediment, under a consent agreement they finalized with EPA. Five producers of octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) will share the costs, which are estimated to run as much as $1.2 million, to test for the chemical near several wastewater treatment plants. Dow Corning, Evonik, Momentive Performance Materials USA, Shin-Etsu Silicones of America, and Wacker Chemical are participating in the agreement, which the agency announced in early April. EPA wants the data because previous studies showed that D4 persists in sediments, bioaccumulates, and is toxic to aquatic organisms. Once widely found in personal care products, D4 is currently used as an intermediate in making other chemicals and as a solvent, adhesive, and sealant. It is an ingredient in paints, coatings, plastic and rubber products, sealants, soaps, and detergents, EPA says. D4 is one of several dozen commercial chemicals that EPA is scrutinizing under a program that could eventually lead to their regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

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