Following on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) exemption of AMP in 2014, Environment Canada finalized an order to remove AMP from the List of Toxic Substances in Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 due to the compound’s negligible effect on the formation of ground-level ozone.
“As global VOC regulations continue to proliferate, AMP has become an even more powerful tool for environmentally-conscious customers to formulate more sustainable products,” said Mark Henning, president and chief executive officer of ANGUS Chemical Company. “AMP’s Canada VOC-exemption marks a huge win not only for our customers in Canada, who now have broader formulating flexibility, but also for consumers who will benefit from the desirable features AMP imparts in low- and zero-VOC paints, metalworking fluids and personal care products.”
AMP (2-amino-2-methyl-1-propanol) offers formulators comprehensive benefits including low odor, effective pH control, and a positive safety and handling profile. The compound, which is already being used as a key ingredient in a majority of water-based paints, now allows Canadian paint companies to avoid reformulating with less-favorable neutralizers, such as caustic soda or ammonia.
VOCs are compounds that react with other chemicals and nitrogen oxides in the atmosphere to form ground-level ozone, and ultimately, harmful smog. ANGUS submitted a VOC-exemption petition to the EPA in October 2012 after tests performed at an independent lab confirmed that AMP meets or exceeds the agency's zero-VOC benchmarks. The compound has low global warming potential, low ozone-depleting potential, a favorable toxicology profile and is not considered a hazardous air pollutant (HAP) or toxic under other federal rules. The EPA added AMP to its list of exempt compounds in June 2014.
“Environmental impact has become a significant factor in the consumer decision-making process,” said Mike Lewis, business vice president, United States and Canada for ANGUS. “It’s no longer enough for a product to perform at a high level; it must provide sustainability benefits as well. AMP’s VOC-exemption satisfies the demand of our increasingly eco-minded customers in Canada without sacrificing functionality.”