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Fluoropolymer producer Solvay Solexis of Bollate, Italy, plans to produce a substitute for perfluorooctanoate ammonium, or PFOA, a polymerization aid used in minute quantities for manufacturing fluoropolymers. Solvay Solexis pledges that the new surfactant will maintain the performance of all its Algoflon PTFE grades.

The company launched a plan to reduce PFOA use and emissions in 2002, before joining the PFOA Stewardship program launched by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2006. Companies in the EPA program commit to a 95% decrease of PFOA environmental emissions and content in their products by 2010, using the year 2000 as the baseline, and to elimination of PFOA use by 2015. Solvay Solexis says that by 2008, it reduced PFOA emissions by about 89% vs. the year 2000 baseline, and will reach 95% reduction in 2010. The company expects to eliminate the use and emissions of PFOA three years before the expected deadline. In recent years, PFOA has been detected at very low concentrations in the blood of humans and wildlife in various countries,

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Title Annotation:industry NEWS and NOTES; United States. Environmental Protection Agency
Comment:Solvay Solexis.(industry NEWS and NOTES)(United States. Environmental Protection Agency)
Publication:Plastics Engineering
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2010
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