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UMass Lowell's TURI Hosts Fire Safety and Flame Retardants Conference


* M E D I A   A D V I S O R Y *

THURSDAY - NOV. 4, 2004

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at UMass Lowell will present a Fire Safety and Flame Retardants workshop Thursday, Nov. 4 in Worcester to help Massachusetts companies discover alternative solutions to flame retardant chemicals used in manufacturing.  Companies are facing regulation deadlines from other states and countries that forbid the use of certain brominated chemicals suspected of causing health and environmental problems.

WHERE:  Crowne Plaza Worcester Hotel, 10 Lincoln Square, Worcester

WHO:   Keynote speaker Robert Varney, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) New England Region administrator, will address issues and concerns regarding fire safety, health and the environment at 11:30 a.m.  Tom McDonald, a toxicologist with the California EPA and an international expert on PBDEs (flame retardant chemicals found in human breast milk and the environment) will discuss human health and environmental issues.  Motorola, Advanced Micro Devices and other leading manufacturers also will share their solutions with companies. 

WHAT:  The interactive workshop will feature guest speakers from the EPA, representatives from the manufacturing supply chain and TURI, and researchers from UMass Lowell.  Attendees - mostly from the electronics and coated wire and cable industries - will learn:          

§         What is the latest science saying about the human and environmental threats of flame retardants?

§         Which flame retardants are under greatest scrutiny?

§         Will the U.S. have to trade fire safety for environmental and human health protection?

§         How do flame retardants work and what are the common classes of flame retardant materials?

§         What strategies are OEMs, resin compounders and other manufactures using to meet these requirements?

§         What are the alternatives to substances restricted by the European RoHS Directive?

The full agenda is attached and available online at:

Businesses interested in registering should contact Anne Basanese at  or 978-934-3144.


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Flame Retardants and Fire Safety

Thursday, November 4, 2004


Registration and Coffee

Welcome and Introduction to the Conference

Liz Harriman, MA Toxics Use Reduction Institute

Flame Retardant Materials - Overview

Susan Landry, Albermarle Corporation

Flame Retardant Materials - Human Health and Environmental Issues and Concerns

Tom McDonald, California EPA




International Restrictions on Flame Retardant Use

Tim Greiner, Greiner Environmental

Fire Safety and Testing Requirements

Tom Chapin, Underwriters Laboratories

Keynote: Ensuring High Standards for Fire Safety, Health and the Environment

Robert Varney, Region 1 Administrator, US EPA



Recognizing the Leaders

(during lunch)

Lead-Free Electronics Supply Chain and Research Consortium

Dr. Sammy Shina, U Mass Lowell

MA/COM - Tyco Electronics

Coated Wire and Cable Supply Chain and Alternatives Research

Dr. Joey Mead, U Mass Lowell

AlphaGary Corporation

1:00 PM

Alternative Flame Retardant Materials

Tim Greiner, Greiner Environmental

Cutting Edge Materials

New Developments in the Use of Nanotubes in Elastomers

Patrick Collins, Hyperion Catalysis International

NSF Center for High Rate Nanomanufacturing

Joey Mead, U Mass Lowell

OEM Perspective: Halogen-Free Flame Retardant Use at Motorola

Steve Scheifers, Motorola, Inc.

2:45 PM


3:00 PM

OEM Perspective: Working With Your Supply Chain To Incorporate Safer Alternatives

Larry Dungan, Advanced Micro Devices

Environmental Stewardship and the Production Part Approval Process at Prestolite Wire

Fred Kelley, Prestolite Wire Corporation

Supply Chain Updates

Liz Harriman, MA Toxics Use Reduction Institute

4:30 PM