Designing Safer Polymers / Edition 1

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Overview

A guide to designing safer polymers based on the principles of green chemistry and the EPA's Polymer Exemption Rule

Green chemistry, the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances, is a powerful tool in designing safer polymers. By adhering to the principles of green chemistry, manufacturers can produce polymers that are better for the environment, and can do so in an economically sound manner.

The Polymer Exemption Rule delineates types of polymers that are expected to be of reduced risk. By following the guidelines contained within the Polymer Exemption Rule, manufacturers may decrease their regulatory requirements while designing polymers that are environmentally benign.

This valuable guide approaches the manufacture of polymers from two perspectives, incorporating the principles of green chemistry with the guidance of the Polymer Exemption Rule to design environmentally benign polymers. Designing Safer Polymers is an indispensable working resource for polymer scientists and engineers, as well as corporate decision makers working in the polymer and chemical industries.

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"In an effort to assist those in the industry develop safer polymers, this volume focuses on 12 principles of "green" chemistry." (SciTech Book News, Vol. 25, No. 3, September 2001)
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A 1995 US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruling relating to the agency's 1984 Toxic Substances Control Act expanded exemption criteria allowing manufacture of more low-risk polymers. In an effort to assist those in the industry develop safer polymers, this volume focuses on 12 principles of "green" chemistry. The final chapter contains frequently asked questions with answers addressing the new polymer definition and exemptions. Includes two dozen examples, and supporting tables and figures. The authors are with the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics at the EPA. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471397335
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/23/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL T. ANASTAS, PhD, PAUL H. BICKART, PhD, and MARY M. KIRCHHOFF, PhD, are all in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

List of Tables.

List of Figures.

The Role of Polymers in Society and the Environment.

Green Chemistry and Its Role in Designing Safer Polymers.

Regulation of Polymers Under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

The TSCA Polymer Exemption: Provisions and Guidance.

Index.

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