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RE: Looking for Info on Parts Cleaner



My two cents:

The company that makes the unit is publicly traded and appears to know
what they are doing.  They appear unable to crack the code for the use
of azeotropic blends, and therefore recommend mineral spirits.  I
understand that, in an effort to sell in CA and beat the VOC regs they
have also tested non-VOC solvents which may also be relatively toxic.

Overall, I wonder if this is simply an expensive way to prolong bath
life of a highly volatile VOC?

Bill Green
bgreen@ecolink.com
770-621-8240


-----Original Message-----
From: Butner, Robert S [mailto:butner@battelle.org]
Sent: Thursday, July 29, 1999 5:02 PM
To: P2TECH (E-mail)
Subject: Looking for Info on Parts Cleaner


P2TECH folks --

As someone working primarily in R&D,  I usually find myself safely
insulated
from the real world (and, perhaps more importantly, the real world is
safely
insulated from me!).  

On occasion, however,  I end up at the receiving end of actual technical
assistance requests.  

This is, of course, a clear indicator that there are people in industry
who
are truly desperate for help!  (But you knew that already).

As a case in point, I received the following request today:

			"I am interested in finding out some information
about a particular parts cleaner for industry that is supposed to be
more
environmentally friendly than its competitors.  It is called System One.
Can
you tell me if the EPA endorses this product or if they have any
information
about it?"

In an effort to find information on this product, I've checked the usual
suspect sites (DLA's Environmental Products Catalog
http://www.dscr.dla.mil/products/epa/eppcat.htm, Envirosense's various
search functions http://es.epa.gov/,  Thomas Register
http://www.thomasregister.com/, WRRC's large document collection at
http://www.p2pays.org, etc).  Can't find the aforementioned "System
One".
Hence this request.

Information on either the product and/or on specific search strategies
for
alternative cleaning technologies & products would be welcome.  
At one time I was familiar with a lot of what's online,  but with new
resources becoming available daily, it never hurts to ask.  

Thanks in advance,

Scott Butner (butner@battelle.org) 
Senior Research Scientist, Environmental Technology Division
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
4500 Sandpoint Way, Seattle WA   98105
(206)-528-3290 voice/(206)-528-3552 fax
http://www.chemalliance.org/