Washington, United States – The Spray Foam Coalition - a self-funded group of the American Chemistry Council – has branded the California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) Safer Consumer Products Program “disappointing.”
Following a public workshop in Oakland to gather input on the organisation's initial Priority Products list, the coalition said it “continues to be deeply disappointed that DTSC appears to willfully disregard significant research data and safety information related to SPF."
The statement goes on: “We believe DTSC inappropriately selected a well-managed product that is important to the state’s building industry and can help the state achieve its energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction goals.
“According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, ‘completely cured products are fully reacted and therefore are considered to be inert and non-toxic.’ Spray polyurethane foam insulation used in homes, schools and other public buildings is considered cured when it reaches its end-use state.
“This process occurs during the building phase and studies have shown that this process only takes between 30 minutes and two hours to complete after application,” the coalition’s statement added.
"By continuing to maintain and rely on incomplete, inaccurate and otherwise unscientific information, DTSC is causing economic harm to insulation manufacturers, installers and homebuilders,” the statement concluded.