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Pollution Prevention, EPA Documents

EPA published the following pollution prevention documents that can be ordered (free) using a convenient on-line form.

  • Organic Coating Replacements (EPA/625/R-94/006). This guide gives information in choosing cleaner technologies for further analysis and in-plant testing. It is intended for facilities in all segments of the paints and coatings industry including applicators of architectural coatings, finish coatings for parts and assemblies, and maintenance coatings.

  • Pollution Prevention in the Paints and Coatings Industry EPA/625/R-96/003. The paints and coatings industry represents a significant source of multimedia pollution through the use of solvent-based process materials and the extensive amounts of wastewater generated by the operations. This manual presents practices for minimizing the generation of pollution in this industry.

  • Organic Coating Removal EPA/625/R-93/015. This guide describes cleaner technologies that can be used to reduce waste in coating removal operations.

  • Alternatives to Chlorinated Solvents For Cleaning and Degreasing EPA/625/R-93/016. This guide describes chemical alternatives to chlorinated solvents that eliminate the use of ozone-depleting chlorinated solvents and smog-forming solvents that contribute high levels of VOCs to the atmosphere.

  • Cleaning and Degreasing Process Changes EPA/625/R-93/017. This guide describes cleaner technologies that can be used to reduce waste in cleaning and degreasing operations. The focus is primarily on process changes that use different technologies for cleaning or eliminate the need for cleaning solvent as part of a production operation.

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