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RE: Looking for Info on Parts Cleaner

I agree with Bill that these distillation units (when used with mineral spirits)
simply extend the life of high VOC solvents. Given the tightening regs here in
Califrornia, we have significant experience demonstrating that low-VOC aqueous
cleaners are viable, cost-effective alternatives. For many standard cleaning
operations, these units not only save money but significantly reduce waste
generation. Katie Wolf of the Institute for Research and Technical Assistance
has published several reports on converting to water-based cleaning, along with
compelling case studies - you can find them on the Web at
http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/sppt/opptd/pollprvn.  EPA Region 9 also is developing a
fact sheets on converting to aqueous, including a cost comparison worksheet, and
will also publish a summary of 15 California case studies of auto repair and
fleet maintenance facilities that have successfully converted to water based
cleaning.  These materials should be completed in the next 6 weeks.

John Katz
EPA Region 9

BGreen@ecolink.com on 07/30/99 05:56:05 AM

Please respond to BGreen@ecolink.com

To:   butner@battelle.org, p2tech@great-lakes.net
Subject:  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

-----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
from the real world (and, perhaps more importantly, the real world is
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
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
environmentally friendly than its competitors.  It is called System One.
you tell me if the EPA endorses this product or if they have any
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
Hence this request.

Information on either the product and/or on specific search strategies
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