Design for the Environment U.S. EPA Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative Award


Since 1991, Clean Control Corporation has made an effort to produce effective products using the safest chemicals possible while complying with environmental, safety and health regulations.


Time Line

In 1996 Clean Control Corporation initiated a research project designed to eliminate the use of alkylphenol ethoxylate (APE) in formulations. By 1998, APE had been substituted in a significant portion of our formulations. However, technical and legal hurdles had to be overcome before the process could be completed. One challenge was FIFRA approval of alternate formulations for disinfectant and sanitizer formulations. Another challenge was bulk handling characteristics of alternative surfactants.
June 2004 Clean Control Corporation began an association with the Design for the Environment (DfE) Program in an effort to obtain the most up-to-date information on components used in our cleaning formulations.
December 2005 Clean Control Corporation completed a 10 year continuous improvement strategy plan to eliminate the use of alkylphenol ethoxylate in 100% of all formulations, replaced by surfactant meeting DfE criterion.
December 2005 The USEPA issued Ambient Aquatic Life Water Quality Criteria – Nonylphenol (EPA-822-R-05-005). This document was a guideline for Agency decisions made by applying the Clean Water Act and EPA regulations on the basis of specific facts presented and scientific information then available.
June 12, 2006 Clean Control Corporation submitted comments at EPA hosted public stakeholder meeting to provide input on SDSI. A summary of the meeting is available online at, document number: EPA-HQ-OPPT-2006-0343-0002.
October 2006 Walmart announced it would work with suppliers and developed a timeline to replace nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE), an ingredient in some cleaning products, with less harmful alternatives.
March 24, 2008 A 12 year effort to eliminate the use of alkyl phenol ethoxylate cumulated with Clean Control Corporation submitting an application for Champion Status under EPA SDSI recognition program. There are two categories for recognition under SDSI: Champion and Partner. Champion Status is the highest level of recognition offered under SDSI. Through SDSI, the EPA Design for the Environment (DfE) Program recognizes environmental leaders who voluntarily commit to the use of safer surfactants that breakdown quickly to non-polluting compounds and help protect aquatic life.
November 2008 Clean Control Corporation was recognized as a Champion Partner—the highest level of recognition offered under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI). Pictured Left to Right: Charles Auer, Director of the EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT); Stephen Davison, President/CEO, Clean Control Corporation; Cory Hammock, Vice President of Research & Development, Clean Control Corporation; Jim Gulliford, Assistant Administrator of the EPA Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances (OPPTS).
June 17, 2009 The USEPA issued and advance notice of proposed rulemaking for Testing of Certain Nonylphenol and Nonylphenol Ethoxylate Substances (Federal Register/Vol. 74, No. 115, p. 28654) for aquatic and sediment toxicity testing under TSCA section 4 for nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE) and also requesting comment on gathering data under TSCA and through other means to facilitate the evaluation of industrial laundry worker exposure to NPEs.
January 2011 Maine designates the chemical class nonylphenol and nonylphenol ethoxylates as a priority chemical and requires manufacturers of household and commercial cleaning products, personal care products and home maintenance products that contain intentionally-added nonylphenol or nonylphenol ethoxylates to report on the use of the chemicals in those products and likelihood that children may be exposed from those uses. Copies of the rule at
March 2012 California prohibits any consumer product listed in Table 94509(m)(3) from containing an alkylphenol ethoxylate surfactant compound. (See
April 2012 A New Jersey appellate court affirms state agency's denial of bids on contracts to supply laundry chemicals, holding the products contained prohibited ingredients. The case involved a company whose bid was rejected because its proposal would have supplied products containing alkylphenol ethoxylates, which the state would not accept.
January 2013 Clean Control Corporation joins CSPA, the premier trade association representing the interests of companies engaged in the manufacture, formulation, distribution and sale of familiar consumer products that help household and institutional customers create cleaner and healthier environments.
November 2013 Biomonitoring California releases the recommendation of the Scientific Guidance Panel (SGP), adding two classes of aroma chemicals: synthetic polycyclic musks and tetramethyl acetyloctahydronaphthalenes. See updated list of designated chemicals
December 2014 Clean Control Corporation completes Walmart, U.S. EPA, and CSPA ingredient disclosure initiative through public online disclosure.
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