Reducing the environmental impact
From the information presented in this section, it can be
concluded that only short chain chlorinated paraffins present a
significant environmental risk. The UK government prepared in 1999
and revised in 2005 a risk assessment report on short-chain
chlorinated paraffins within the framework of the EU Existing
Substances Review. At that time work on medium-and-long chain
chlorinated paraffins was initiated under "Existing substances"
(drafts available on ex-European Chemicals Bureau web
site) which has continued under the "REACH" legislation
for which both substances have been registered in 2010.
The SCCP Risk Assessment summary is also
available on the web site of the ex-ECB. It requires risk
reduction measures to be implemented on emissive uses in
metalworking fluids and in leather treatment.
In the meantime, the Oslo and Paris Commissions (OSPAR)
recommended the phase-out of the use of short-chain chlorinated
paraffins in most applications in 1999 and in 2009 the UNECE
decided to list SCCP on their POPs list.
European producers of chlorinated paraffins have voluntarily
taken steps to eliminate sales of SCCPs to the
metalworking and leather treatment industries, which are believed
to present the greatest potential environmental risk.
Last update: 09/2011