Webinar on demand: Alternatives Assessment's Past, Present, & Future

Webinar on demand: Alternatives Assessment's Past, Present, & Future

The field of alternatives assessment is being driven by increasing policy and market demands to substitute chemicals of concern in process and products, as well as the need to help decision-makers in industry and government make smarter, safer choices about chemicals, materials and technologies used. To kick off this series, the first A4 webinar addressed Alternative Assessment's Past, Present, and Future.

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Evaluating Alternatives to Food Packaging Materials that Contain Per- and Poly-Fluorinated Substances (PFASs)

Evaluating Alternatives to Food Packaging Materials that Contain Per- and Poly-Fluorinated Substances (PFASs)

This report provides a roadmap for conducting a full alternatives assessment (AA) for food packaging that is free of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and identifies some currently available alternatives. The roadmap follows the IC2 Alternatives Assessment Guide (2017) with additions from Northwest Green Chemistry’s experience creating frameworks and conducting AAs, such as minimum (‘showstopper’) criteria defined for each module. The report includes ways to leverage modules completed by other entities, how to test for PFASs, and how to identify PFASs-free alternatives using state procurement policies. Strategic steps forward in a resource constrained and imperfect information environment will allow interested parties to make the most of the Roadmap.

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Pivoting to Bridge Paints

Pivoting to Bridge Paints

Despite ongoing safety improvements, anti-corrosion bridge coatings are still plagued by toxic chemicals.  Novel coating systems have emerged into the marketplace in recent years, but these have not been systematically assessed for human or environmental health hazards. NGC will address this gap in knowledge in our new project, an Alternatives Assessment of Anticorrosion Solutions for Bridges.

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Opportunity to provide feedback on the Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment

The third stakeholders call has been scheduled!  Join us Thursday, March 30th, from 10:00 - 11:30 AM PT, to discuss the current progress and criteria for the Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment..  Register for the conference call and webinar here

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King Copper is Dead

King Copper is Dead

Learn more about copper, boats, and marine life in this article by Peter Schrappen, who has been working with NGC on the Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment!  Peter is the Director of Government Affairs at the Northwest Marine Trade Association, and the Executive Director of the Clean Boating Foundation.  Find a quote from NGC's Dr. Amelia Nestler in the full version on issuu.

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California's Draft Alternatives Assessment Guide

California's Draft Alternatives Assessment Guide

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control released a draft guide to Alternatives Assessments (AA) in December 2016.  Manufacturers of products of concern will be required to use AA methodology.  They are holding a webinar to discuss the draft on Tuesday, January 10th, from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PT.  Learn more and register.

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Products Being Assessed for the Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment

Products Being Assessed for the Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment

After consultation with manufacturers, formulators, boatyard operators, and other stakeholders, Northwest Green Chemistry developed a list of 20 products to assess in the Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment.  These products represent the variety of technologies currently available for boat owners in Washington State.

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Modules Included in the Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment

Modules Included in the Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment

There are four recommended modules, all of which are being included in the Washington State Antifouling Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment:  Hazard, Performance, Cost & Availability, and Comparative Exposure.  In addition to these four modules, NGC is including Stakeholder Concerns as the fifth module.

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Introducing the Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment

Introducing the Boat Paint Alternatives Assessment

Washington State Department of Ecology is working with Northwest Green Chemistry to identify and evaluate alternatives to copper anti-fouling boat paints, which prevent marine life from attaching to or growing on boat hulls. Copper negatively impacts many forms of aquatic life, notably salmon. NGC will be following the Washington Alternatives Assessment Guide, based on IC2 Alternatives Assessment method.

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