A review of potential regulatory changes

Tampa, Fla., January 31, 2012 — As part of its Enhanced Chemical Management Program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released Chemical Action Plans (CAPs) for the polyurethane raw materials methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and toluene diisocyanate (TDI). MDI and TDI are used in the production of polyurethane foams for the construction and furniture industries, as well as polyurethane coatings and elastomers for the industrial, commercial and automotive industries.

At Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) Conference 2012, Bayer MaterialScience LLC will provide an update on regulatory changes that could result from the CAP initiative. Barbara Cummings, manager of product safety, Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs, Bayer MaterialScience LLC, will present "A Review of the Elements of the EPA's Chemical Action Plan on MDI and TDI Containing Products," at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Cummings will review EPA's current approach for comprehensive chemical management, as well as ways in which the chemical industry can respond, including:

  • Understanding the products that may be impacted,
  • Evaluating company product stewardship efforts, and
  • Considering the industry's reaction to potential EPA actions.

About Bayer MaterialScience LLC:

Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of polymers and high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with approximately 14,700 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2010 sales of 10.2 billion euros. The company manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical, and sports and leisure industries.

Sustainability is central to Bayer MaterialScience LLC's business and is based around the key areas of innovation, product stewardship, excellence in corporate management, social responsibility and respect for the environment.

Contact:

Thomas Erdner, Phone: 412-777-5200
E-mail: thomas.erdner@bayer.com

For more information about Bayer MaterialScience LLC, call 1-800-662-2927 or visit www.bmsnafta.com.

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