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Acetone use in Beauty/Nail Salons



I'm curious if anyone has experience with an issue such as described below.  Are there any alternatives to using acetone that anyone knows about?

Mark Snyder
Pollution Prevention Specialist
Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance
mark.snyder@moea.state.mn.us

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> From: 	Adam Frederick[SMTP:Adam.Frederick@co.washington.mn.us]
> Sent: 	Monday, June 12, 2000 1:57 PM
> Subject: 	Nail Salons
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> Two nail salons have approached me over the last week.  Each has a process for removing two part acrylic nails with acetone.  The acrylic is a two-part powder and liquid that is mixed to form a liquid material and is then painted on the customer's nails.  Later, to remove the acrylic, the customer soaks their nails and finger tips in pure acetone.  The resulting waste is acetone contaminated with flakes of dissolved acrylic.  
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> Sewering acetone is allowed in small (droplets) amounts.  The amount involved at the salon is from >  to  cups a customer at most three customers a week. I have talked to Metropolitan Council Environmental Services and we have agreed that this may be too large a quantity to sewer.  
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> These shops are unable to reuse the acetone as a product to remove polish (my first suggestion) because it is contaminated with the acrylic.  The quantity generated is around three gallons a year.  One salon is scheduled to take three gallons to our VSQG collection.   
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> Has anyone ever licensed a nail salon?  I know that they would fall under the minimal generator rules but we have not adopted those here at Washington County.   
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