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ACC group analyzes PUR industry, notes impact of security regs.

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of the American Chemical Council (ACC) (Arlington, Virginia, USA) has released a study titled 2006 Socio-Economic Impact of the Polyurethanes Industry on the U.S. Economy. The 18-page report covers the entire value chain, says ACC, from suppliers of chemical materials to their direct customers and on to producers of polyurethane (PUR) goods. It focuses on diisocyanates and associated polyols based on research conducted by Moore Economics in late 2006 and early 2007. For purchasing information, visit www.americanchemistry.com/ polyurethane.

The ACC Polyurethanes group has also released a memo alerting users of TDI (toluene diisocyanate) and other polyurethane raw materials that new U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations for securing high-risk chemical facilities may impose significant requirements on their businesses. The regulations call for facilities that possess certain quantities of PUR industry-related chemicals to complete initial screening assessments (due by August 7, 2007) intended to allow DHS to determine whether they are at "high risk" from a potential terrorist attack. Those deemed high-risk will be required to prepare site-vulnerability assessments, develop site-security plans, and implement and install security measures.

A DHS list of 344 "Chemicals of Interest" includes TDI, pentane, isopentane, triethanolamine, and acetone, among others related to the PUR industry. To read the entire memo, visit www.americanchemistry.com. The regulations, published in the Federal Register on April 9, 2007, are available at www.dhs.gov.

Additionally, the group notes that its 2007 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, to be held in partnership with the Utech North America Exhibition, is set for September 24-26 in Orlando, Florida. It will feature 19 technical and two issue-oriented sessions, with many additional poster presentations on new technology and market developments. Also included will be the Polyurethane Development Program, including eight seminars, which will focus on energy efficiency, green technologies, fire retardants, and process and performance improvements.
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Title Annotation:GLOBAL NEWS: NORTH AMERICA
Comment:ACC group analyzes PUR industry, notes impact of security regs.(GLOBAL NEWS: NORTH AMERICA)
Author:Molinaro, Hope
Publication:Plastics Engineering
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Date:Aug 1, 2007
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