Chemical Watch: November 2014
Momfluorothrin and 5-chloro-2-methylisothiazol-3(2H)-one (CMIT) have been added to the registry of intentions (RoI) under the harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) regulation, ECHA has announced. The aim of the public RoI is to make interested parties aware of those substances for which a dossier is intended to be submitted.
The RoI provides interested parties time to prepare for submitting comments later in the respective process. The registry encourages cooperation between potential dossier submitters and also avoids duplication.
The classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) regulation aims to ensure that any hazards presented by chemicals are clearly communicated to workers and consumers in the European Union through appropriate classification and labelling.
Both substances are being considered under the biocidal products directive (BPD), under which regulation the evaluating European member state competent authority may identify an active substance as a potential candidate for substitution.
The dossier for momfluorothrin (2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-4-(methoxymethyl)benzyl (Z)-(1R,3R)-3-(2-cyanoprop-1-enyl)-2,2-dimethylcyclopropanecarboxylate) was submitted by the United Kingdom on 16 October. Momfluorothrin is used as an insecticide, for non-food, residential indoor, outdoor use.
The dossier for 5-chloro-2-methylisothiazol-3(2H)-one (actually a mixture of 5-chloro-2-methylisothiazol-3(2H)-one and 2-methylisothiazol-3(2H)-one, 3:1 ratio) was submitted by France on 17 October. CMIT is used as a preservative in cosmetics.


Chemical Watch: November 2014
By June 2015, US chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to comply with new US OSHA Hazard Communication regulations with adoption of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).
GHS provides a single international system that can be used to identify and communicate hazards while transporting and supplying chemicals across the world. In order to seamlessly transition their customers to the new formats for safety data sheets and product labelling, most chemical companies will begin labelling their samples and drums in this new format before the year’s end.
Most chemical companies state that no products in their portfolio will change as a result of GHS; rather a new, universal classification system is being implemented.


Press Release: November 2014
In Europe the Biocidal Product Directive (98/8/EC, BPD superceded by BPR) was in place since May 2000. A part of the implementation is the evaluation of all existing active substances (active substances already on the EU market before May 2000) during a transition period. The original transition period was 10 years but this transition period was extended to 2014 and now extended to 2024. New active substances (active substances not on the EU market before May 2000) do not fall under the transition period but are only allowed when first registered.
The new regulation will retain the two-step authorization process brought in by the Directive, whereby active substances are first tested and approved and included in a Community list (known as the Annex I under the Directive), with subsequent authorization of the products containing the approved active substance.
Under the BPR, the RMS’s (Rapporteur Member States) are now called eCA’s (evaluating Competent Authorities). An eCA does the initial evaluation and writes the draft CAR (competent authority report) within 365 days. Draft CAR’s can be discussed with applicant and/or individual MS and in working groups to solve open issues before they are brought to BPC (Biocidal Product Committee) for conclusions. According to the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) the opinion on the approval of an active substance has to be submitted by ECHA to the Commission within 270 days of the receipt of the conclusions of the evaluating Competent Authority (eCA).
What are the main differences between the Directive and the new Regulation?
The scope has been extended to cover articles and materials treated with biocidal products, including furniture and textiles. The regulation will also apply to active substances generated in situ, and to biocidal products used in materials that come into contact with food. But other products that are sufficiently covered by existing legislation (including food and feed, food and feed additives and processing aids) are excluded from the scope of the new regulation. Biocidal products approved under the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments are considered as authorized.
The system will become paperless and fully IUCLID based (same software system as for REACH). IUCLID can be downloaded from ECHA for free.
Under the BPR there will be a possibility for Union Authorization at the ECHA. Applicants may apply for Union authorization for biocidal products which have similar conditions of use across the Union with the exception of biocidal products that contain active substances that fall under Article 5 and those of Product Types 14, 15, 17, 20 and 21. The Union authorization may be granted:
(a) from 1 September 2013, to biocidal products containing one or more new active substances and biocidal products of product-types 1, 3, 4, 5, 18 and 19;
(b) from 1 January 2017, to biocidal products of product-types 2, 6 and 13; and
(c) from 1 January 2020, to biocidal products of all remaining product-types (besides those excluded).
Active substance suppliers not having own dossier or Letter of Access will have to phase out by September 2015. In order to be able to check if suppliers have submitted dossiers under the BPD/BPR a list is prepared by ECHA with approved suppliers and this list will be regularly updated. With the amended BPR there are now also possibilities to apply for listing by formulators of some biocidal products. This possibility is mainly generated for importers of formulations for which the active substance is not supported by the non-EU manufacturers.
It is now very important for formulators of biocidal products to check if their suppliers are included in the Article 95 notification list for the product types of interest. If the supplier is not on the list, this can be an indication that he has not yet started a registration process according to BPD/BPR. The list is regularly updated by ECHA and will become legally binding from 1st September 2015.


Chemical Week: November 2014
PeroxyChem announced that effective December 1, 2014, or as contracts and agreements permit, it will increase prices for persulfates produced in its Tonawanda, N.Y., and Rheinfelden, Germany, plants.
The amount of the increase will be $0.04 per pound for Ammonium Persulfate, $0.08 per pound for Sodium Persulfate and $0.12 per pound for Potassium Persulfate products made in Tonawanda. For products made in the Rheinfelden, Germany, plant the increases are €75 per metric ton for Ammonium Persulfate and €130 per metric ton for Sodium Persulfaten.


Koppers Holdings announced the appointment of Leroy Ball as President and CEO. Prior to this election, he served as Vice President for Koppers since August 2010. Koppers will have a turnover of about $ 1,868 million in 2014 with 3 divisions: (1) Carbon Materials and Chemicals, (2) Performance Chemicals ($ 390 million or 21 %), (3) Railroad and Utility Products and Services (33 % of sales).
Performance Chemicals is divided into wood preservatives ($ 336 Million) and Railroad structures ($ 54 million). The wood preservatives business manufactures wood preservation chemicals for use in treating wood products. They are the number 1 global producer of wood preservation chemicals used to treat lumber for decking, fencing, playgrounds, utility poles, and other applications. The treated wood is used in a variety of products including wood decking, fencing, construction materials, piers and docks. They supply 6 of the top 10 largest lumber treating companies in the US and 3 of the 4 largest lumber wood treating companies in Canada. Performance chemicals also includes Railroad Structures. This division offers a broad range of railroad bridge inspection, treatment, repair, and construction services throughout North America. They serve Class I and Short Line railroad operators. Their key customers include Union Pacific, Genesee & Wyoming, Canadian National Railway, and BNSF Railway.
Railroad and Utility Products
Koppers are the largest supplier of railroad crossties in North America to the Class I and short-line railroads. Other products include utility poles, rail joint bars, and railroad bridge services. Railroad cross ties account for 21 % of sales and utility poles at 6 % of sales.
"One of the great attributes of Koppers as it has grown over the years has been its remarkable leadership stability," said current board chairman David Hillenbrand. "Since joining Koppers, Leroy has been instrumental with our strategic growth activities, including the recent announcement of the acquisition of the Osmose Railroad Services and Wood Preservation businesses."