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WASTE MINIMIZATION ASSESSMENT FOR A MANUFACTURER OF CUTTING AND WELDING EQUIPMENT
Edwards, H., M. Kostrzewa, AND G. Looby. WASTE MINIMIZATION ASSESSMENT FOR A MANUFACTURER OF CUTTING AND WELDING EQUIPMENT. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., EPA/600/S-92/029.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has funded a pilot program to assist small and medium-size manufacturers who want to minimize their generation of waste but who lack the expertise to do so in an effort to assist these manufacturers 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). he WMAC team at Colorado State University performed an assessment at a plant that produces custom-built cutting and welding equipment. omponents are fabricated from steel and other raw materials that are cleaned, machined, welded, and painted. achines are then assembled, tested, and calibrated. he hazardous wastes generated by the plant include tramp oil, spent cutting fluid, spent lacquer thinner, and chromium-contaminated paint dust and filters. he team's report, detailing findings and recommendations, indicated that the plant could achieve the greatest dollar savings by replacing chromium- containing solvent-based paints with chromium-free water-based paints. This Research Brief was developed by the principal investigator 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 that is available from University City Science Center.