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Alternative Control Techniques Document--Industrial Cleaning Solvents, Final.

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The use of cleaning solvents in industry is a large source of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. The study was conducted to identify emission reduction and control techniques that have general application across all industry. The initial approach, which focused on how the cleaning was accomplished, was unsuccessful. The requisite data for such detailed evaluation was unavailable. A second strategy, which focused on the parts and processes being cleaned, produced more meaningful data.
The study's conclusions were that most industries must first quantify how much and where solvents are used for cleaning. With that information, management is then positioned to influence improvements. The report recommends that companies establish a formal accounting system that quantitatively traces where they use cleaning solvents. It also provides suggestions for action by management (or State agencies) to use the resulting information to effect reductions.
This report provides alternative control techniques for state and local agencies to consider for incorporating in rules to limit emissions of VOCs that otherwise result from industrial cleaning with organic solvents.

Cleaning solvents; Volatile Organic Compound Emissions; VOC's
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Office of Air and Radiation
Office Suboffice:
Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
Office Division:
Emission Standards Division
EPA Author:
Serageldin, Mohamed
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Background Cost-Related Document
Midwest Research Institute
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