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Main Title Safer Adhesive and Cleanup Alternatives for Countertop Manufacturing.
Author M. Morris ; K. Wolf
CORP Author Inst. for Research and Technical Assistance, Glendale, CA.; Environmental Protection Agency, San Francisco, CA. Region IX.
Year Published 2004
Report Number EPA NO-02-T2463
Stock Number PB2013-100293
Additional Subjects Adhesives ; Cleaning ; Manufacturing ; Alternatives ; Hazardous materials ; Kitchen equipment ; Laminates ; Methylene chloride ; Ozone depletion ; Pollution abatement ; Solvents ; Trichloroethane ; Woodworking ; Countertop
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB2013-100293 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 11/19/2013
Collation 53p
There are between 50 and 75 countertop manufacturers in the southern California four county area that includes Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino. There may be as many as 400 cabinet manufacturers and 1,000 woodworking manufacturers in the same four county area. Most of these companies are small and medium sized businesses. Many of the countertop, cabinet and woodworking companies manufacture countertops. The companies use adhesives to bond veneer to wood, particleboard and medium density fiberboard. Many manufacturers have post-forming operations where the edges of the countertops are bonded using adhesives. Several years ago, adhesive formulators used 1,1,1-trichloroethane (TCA) in the adhesives they offered to this industry. TCA production was banned in 1996 because TCA contributes to stratospheric ozone depletion. In the mid to late 1990s, the formulators stopped using TCA and they began formulating with alternatives like methylene chloride (METH) and various types of non-chlorinated solvents including toluene, xylene, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), hexane and heptane. Companies that manufactured countertops converted to adhesives that relied on METH or the other VOC solvents. They also used many of these same solvents to clean their application equipment.