• Decrease font size
  • Return font size to normal
  • Increase font size
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Food

  • Print
  • Share
  • E-mail

Environmental Decision Memo for Food Contact Notification No. 001030

Date:December 22, 2010
From:Biologist, Environmental Review Team (ERT)
Office of Food Additive Safety (HFS-246)
Subject:FCN No. 1030 – Dicocodimethylammonium chloride as a component of flotation aid formulations used in the purification of calcium carbonate from raw calcite ore.
Notifier:Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry AB
SE-444 85
Stenungsund, Sweden
To:Division of Food Contact Notifications (HFS-275)
Attention: Kenneth McAdams, Ph.D.
Through: William H Lamont, Acting Supervisor, ERT

Attached are the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and our supplement to the environmental record for FCN 1030. After this notification becomes effective, copies of the FONSI, the notifier's environmental assessment, dated November 19, 2010, and the supplement to the environmental record may be made available to the public. We shall post digital transcriptions of the FONSI and the environmental assessment on the agency's public website.

Please let us know if there is any change in the identity or use of the food contact substance.

 

Leah D. Proffitt

 

Attachment:
Finding of No Significant Impact
Supplement to the Environmental Record for Food Contact Notification No. 1030


Finding of No Significant Impact

A food contact notification (FCN No. 1030), submitted by Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry, AB, to provide for the safe use of dicocodimethylammonium chloride as a component of flotation aid formulations used in the purification of calcium carbonate from raw calcite ore.

The Environmental Review Team has determined that allowing this notification to become effective will not significantly affect the quality of the human environment and, therefore, will not require the preparation of an environmental impact statement. This finding is based on information, submitted by the notifier, in an environmental assessment, dated November 19, 2010, our supplement to the environmental record for FCN 1030, and other information known to the agency.

 

Prepared by __________________________________________Date: December 22, 2010
Leah D. Proffitt
Environmental Review Team
Office of Food Additive Safety
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Food and Drug Administration

Approved by __________________________________________Date: December 22, 2010
William H. Lamont, Chemist
Acting Supervisor, Environmental Review Team
Office of Food Additive Safety
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Food and Drug Administration


Supplement to the Environmental Record for Food Contact Notification No. 1030

This document incorporates by reference the notifier's environmental assessment (EA), dated November 19, 2010.

The purpose of this supplement is to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the environmental record and to assist the public in understanding the agency’s basis for preparing a finding of no significant impact (FONSI).

The notifier concluded (p 7 of 10 of the EA) that NOx emissions from use of the food-contact substance (FCS) will amount to 0.0074% of NOx emissions from waste disposal in 2005. (NOx basis is relative to NO2.) However, this 2005 statistic includes sources of open burning. NOx emission for the municipal solid waste disposal sector is provided in a 2007 memorandum prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency. The emission from large municipal waste combustion (MWC) units in compliance with Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) in 2005 totaled 49,500 tons/year. Hence, one can compute the percentage of additional NOx emission resulting from the use of the FCS as follows: 11.5 mt NOx/yr x 1 yr/49,500 short tons NOx (2005 MWC emission at MACT compliance) x 1 short ton/0.907 mt (conversion to short tons) x 100% = 0.025%, maximally. Because the maximum change in NOx emission attributable solely to use of the FCS is small (less than 1%), the additional source is not expected to cause or threaten to cause violation of emission permits, and the impact is not significant.

 

Prepared by __________________________________________Date: December 22, 2010
Leah D. Proffitt
Environmental Review Team
Office of Food Additive Safety
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Food and Drug Administration