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Main Title Waste minimization assessment for a paint manufacturing plant /
Author Kirsch, F. William. ; Looby., G. P.
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Looby, Gwen P.
CORP Author University City Science Center, Philadelphia, PA.;Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH. Risk Reduction Engineering Lab.
Publisher U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Risk Reduction Engineering Laboratory,
Year Published 1991
Report Number EPA/600-M-91-023; EPA-R-814903
Stock Number PB91-234559
OCLC Number 24997081
Subjects Waste minimization--Research--Colorado. ; Paint industry and trade--Research--Colorado. ; Paint machinery--Cleaning--Research--Colorado. ; Paint mixing--Research--Colorado.
Additional Subjects Hazardous materials ; Waste management ; Pollution abatement ; Paints ; Coatings ; Industrial wastes ; Assessments ; Materials recovery ; Solvents ; Cleaning ; Waste utilization ; Bactericides ; Environmental chemical substitutes ; Mercury(Metal) ; Waste minimization ; Source reduction ; SIC 20-39
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EHAM  TD793.9.K577 1991 Region 1 Library/Boston,MA 04/29/2016
EJBD ARCHIVE EPA 600-M-91-023 In Binder Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 02/15/2017
EJBD  EPA 600-M-91-023 c.1-2 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 04/08/2013
EJED  EPA 600/M-91-023 OCSPP Chemical Library/Washington,DC 10/05/2001
ELBD RPS EPA 600-M-91-023 repository copy AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 10/17/2014
NTIS  PB91-234559 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 01/01/1988
Collation 3 pages ; 28 cm.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has funded a pilot project to assist small- and medium-size manufacturers who want to minimize their generation of hazardous waste but who lack the expertise to do so. Waste Minimization Assessment Centers (WMACs) were established at selected universities and procedures were adapted from the EPA Waste Minimization Opportunity Assessment Manual (EPA/625/7-88/003, July 1988). The WMAC team at Colorado State University inspected a plant blending and mixing raw materials into paints, coatings, stains, and surface-treating products. For water-based paints, water, latex, resins, extenders, and pigments are mixed and blended. For oil-based paints, solvents replace water and latex, and plasticizers, tints, and thinners are also added. These batches are then transferred to let-down tanks where additional ingredients are incorporated. After testing, the paints meeting specifications are filtered, canned, labelled, and packaged for shipping. Hazardous wastes result when the mixing vessels, let-down tanks, and lines are cleaned. For example, cleaning a let-down tank after a water-based paint has been blended requires about 35 gal water; after a 400-gal tank for a solvent-based paint, about 5 gal mineral spirits. Because the spirits are sent off-site for recovery, most of the waste results from cleaning up after mixing water-based paint. This waste is hazardous because it contains mercury used as the bactericide. Although the plant reuses rinse water, recovers solvent, and has adopted other measures to reduce waste, the team report, detailing findings and recommendations, suggested that additional savings could result from installing a pipe cleaning system, using a solvent-recovery system based on distillation, and substituting an organic material for the mercury bactericide. The Research Brief was developed by the principal investigators and EPA's Risk Reduction Engineering Laboratory, Cincinnati, OH, to announce key findings of an ongoing research project that is fully documented in a separate report of the same title available from the authors.
Caption title. Shipping list no.: 91-555-P. "July 1991." "EPA/600-M-91-023."