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EVALUATION OF THE MART CORPORATION'S EQ-1 WASTEWATER PROCESSING SYSTEM
Eskamani, A. G. AND D. Brown. EVALUATION OF THE MART CORPORATION'S EQ-1 WASTEWATER PROCESSING SYSTEM. EPA/600/R-01/090, 2001.
The USEPA has created the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program to facilitate the deployment of innovative or improved environmental technologies through performance verification and dissemination of information. The goal of the ETV Program is to further environmental protection by substantially accelerating the acceptance and use of improved, cost-effective technologies. ET seeks to achieve this goal by providing high-quality, peer-reviewed data on technology performance to those involved in the design, distribution, financing, permitting, purchase, and use of environmental technologies.
The ETV P2 Metal Finishing Technologies (ETV-MF) Program is operated by concurrent Technologies Corporation, in cooperation with NRMRL. The ETV-MF Program has evaluated the performance of a wastewater recycling technology for recycling aqueous alkaline cleaners and/or treating spent cleaning solutions. This verification statement provides a summary of the test results for the MART EQ-1 Wastewater processing System. The MART EQ-1 System is a process technology that chemically separates and clarifies the alkaline cleaner solution and encapsulates the waste for disposal. The MART process utilizes adsorption and electrostatic forces to encapsulate waste products. The chemical compound used in the MART encapsulating process is a non-hazardous proprietary product called Magic Dust, which is formulated to treat a range of specific contaminants in the waste stream based on the desired disposition of the effluent; e.g., recycling or discharge to a POTW. The MART EQ-1 unit is equipped with two connecting tanks made of sheet steel: a mixing/reaction tank (upper reservoir tank) and a holding tank (lower tank). The upper tank issss of a trapezoidal design; this is where the untreated alkaline cleaner is pumped and the treatment chemical (Magic Dust) is added. Once the solution is thoroughly mixed, the encapsulated material is allowed to settle to the bottom of the upper tank. After encapsulation, the treated alkaline cleaner is allowed to pass through a filtration media into the lower tank. As the waste is collected on the filter paper, the paper is slowly pulled forward and wrapped around the encapsulated waste. The treated alkaline cleaner in the lower tank is transferred either to the FPS for further treatment or directly back into the parts washer. The FPS is a basic ion exchange system that utilizes a granular activated carbon filter along with a polymer resin chamber.