P2 Recognition Project -- Success Stories
P2 Recognition Project 2010 Award Winner
Read the awardee's recognition letter:
The P2 (Pollution Prevention) Recognition Project honors companies for developing innovative chemistry and technologies that further pollution prevention and other environmental goals. EPA believes that by recognizing these companies it gives them and other companies engaged in similar work a positive incentive to create new, safer chemicals and technologies.
EPA's New Chemicals Program, which screens up to 2500 chemicals a year, identifies the chemicals proposed for P2 Recognition Project awards through the Premanufacture Notice (PMN) P2 screening process, as described in the PMN Instruction Manual (PDF) (51 pp, 721K), as well as during more detailed new chemical reviews. The New Chemicals Program also includes the Biotechnology Program, which reviews new (i.e., intergeneric) microorganisms. The P2 Recognition Project relies heavily on information contained in the PMN on P2 aspects of the new chemicals or biotech product, although supplemental information has also been considered.
Criteria for P2 Recognition
In selecting products to recognize under the program, EPA looks for:
- Safer substitutes for existing products,
- Chemicals/biotechnology products that are less toxic, as demonstrated by test data on the new product itself,
- Products that have fewer associated toxic chemicals, e.g., feedstocks, byproducts, impurities, etc.,
- Products that result in pollution prevention and source reduction,
- Products that use recycling processes that reduce exposures or releases,
- Environmentally beneficial uses of products, and/or
- Products that conserve energy and water during their manufacture, processing or use.
Finally, the Agency seeks to recognize real commercial successes; thus, we require that the company commence manufacture of the PMN substance in order to receive the award.
2010 P2 Recognition Project Awardee -- Select the company's name to access its recognition letter
Archer Daniels Midland Company -- Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) produces renewable chemicals from new varieties of high-oleic (HO) canola seed bred by Dow AgroSciences to contain lower levels of the oxidative components linolenic and linoleic acid. ADM processes and isolates the oil for food and industrial applications. The unique profile of HO canola oil enhances the oxidative stability and high temperature tolerance of a renewable and biodegradable feed stock suitable for industrial applications. The increased oxidative stability assists in reducing the formation of insoluble varnishes and residues typically formed from other renewable-source oil blends. Use of HO canola oil in biobased hydraulic fluids and machine lubricants has the potential to increase service durability, reducing waste oil generation. Other industrial applications might include metalworking fluids, greases, motor and gear oils, marine and automotive, polyols, plastics, foams, adhesives and as a source for traditional oleo chemical products. The introduction of HO canola oil also allows for the continued development of biodegradable mechanical fluids required to meet U.S. and E.U. minimum biobased content standards.