ACMA letter campaign aims to protect styrene use in composites

The American Composites Manufacturing Association at its annual trade show and conference launched a letter-writing campaign asking the U.S. government to not list styrene as a potential carcinogen

The American Composites Manufacturing Association (ACMA, Arlington, Va., USA) at its annual trade show and conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., USA (Feb. 1-4, 2011), launched a letter-writing campaign asking the U.S. government to not list styrene as a potential carcinogen thereby halting its use in the composites industry.

The letter lists the many uses of styrene in a variety of applications and reports that EU scientists have determined that exposure to styrene is not likely to cause cancer in humans.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed to list styrene as "reasonably anticipated" carcinogen in the National Toxicology Program Report on Carcinogens. A listing here, the ACMA reports, would place onerous Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) burdens on composites industry processors who use styrene.

The letter asks HHS to conduct a "thorough, independent and transparent review of the styrene science before acting" on the proposal to list the chemical as a carcinogen.

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