Angus Chemical Co. says that AMP, a multifunctional specialty chemical used in paint formulations, metalworking fluids and personal care products. is no longer classified as a volatile organic compound (VOC) by Environment Canada. Following on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) exemption of AMP in 2014, Environment Canada has finalized an order to remove AMP from the List of Toxic Substances in Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 due to the compound’s negligible effect on the formation of ground-level ozone.   “As global VOC regulations continue to proliferate, AMP has become an even more powerful tool for environmentally-conscious customers to formulate more sustainable products,” said Mark Henning, Angus Chemical’s president and chief executive officer. “AMP’s Canada VOC-exemption marks a huge win not only for our customers in Canada, who now have broader formulating flexibility, but also for consumers who will benefit from the desirable features AMP imparts in low- and zero-VOC paints, metalworking fluids and personal care products.” AMP (2-amino-2-methyl-1-propanol) offers formulators comprehensive benefits including low odor, effective pH control, and a positive safety and handling profile. The compound, which the company says is already used as an ingredient in a majority of water-based paints, now allows Canadian paint companies to avoid reformulating with less-favorable neutralizers, such as caustic soda or ammonia. “Environmental impact has become a significant factor in the consumer decision-making process,” said Mike Lewis, business vice-president, US and Canada for ANGUS. “It’s no longer enough for a product to perform at a high level; it must provide sustainability benefits as well. AMP’s VOC-exemption satisfies the demand of our increasingly eco-minded customers in Canada without sacrificing functionality.”