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ABZOL® Regulatory

Albemarle's excellent technical support is one of the best reasons to switch to ABZOL® cleaners. Our applications chemists really dig in and learn about your business, then work closely with you to select the best cleaning process. We do beta site studies, and our chemists and engineers visit qualified facilities for cleaning process optimization and employee education.

Albemarle works with major producers of degreasing equipment to ensure that ABZOL cleaners function safely and efficiently in their systems. Materials compatibility, cleaning tests and technical assistance are available to our customers.

Worker safety, public safety and environmental protection are paramount in the development of any new product.  The current status of ABZOL cleaners and their primary component, n-propyl bromide, is:

SNAP (Significant New Alternatives Policy)
In 2007, the US EPA issued its final SNAP rule for n-propyl bromide as an acceptable substitute for ozone-depleting substances when used as a solvent in industrial equipment for general metals, precision and electronic cleaning.

ODP (Ozone Depletion Potential) and Atmospheric Lifetime
Ozone Depletion Potential (as well as Global Warming Potential) depends on the atmospheric lifetime of the substance.  Ozone depletion takes place in the stratosphere.  In order for a substance to have a high ODP, it must be able to work its way to the stratosphere.  The atmospheric lifetime of n-propyl bromide is only 11 days by the most recent available estimate.  By comparison, TCA has an atmospheric lifetime of 5.4 years.

VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)
All volatile organic compounds are classified as VOCs until there is experimental evidence that they do not contribute to the formation of smog.  Therefore, n-propyl bromide is currently classified as a VOC and must be used in accordance with local regulations regarding their use.

SARA (Superfund Amendments and Re-authorization Act)
This act requires reporting of inventories and emissions of listed chemicals and groups.  ABZOL cleaners are not regulated under SARA 313.

HAP (Hazardous Air Pollutant)
The HAP list identifies chemicals that the EPA has declared hazardous.  ABZOL cleaners and their primary component are not on the list.

NESHAP (National Emission Standard for HAP)
Because ABZOL cleaners are not listed HAPs, NESHAP standards do not apply.

RCRA (Resource Conservation Recovery Act)
This act defines hazardous wastes and how to manage them.  ABZOL cleaners are not regulated under the act.

 




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