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Fwd: Re: SOPs for Road Maintenance/Painting

Limiting one's self to substitutes often leads to other 
problems.  Water-based paints have to be applied more often than 
solvent-based solvents - many busy cross walks have to be painted twice a 
year with the water-base paints in the towns that I am consulting in.  It 
would be interesting to look at the additional VOC's and other emissions 
created by the vehicles that tow the painting equipment when doing this 
extra painting.  One needs to check if the water-based paints have ethylene 
glycol ethers added to make them dry faster - this is often the 
case.  Ethylene glycol ethers and a variety of modern solvents and plastics 
have been shown to shrink the gonads of rodents, increase deformities of 
the male genitalia, lower sperm count and quality, and result in smaller 
testes in exposed workers.  I have seen some recent trade advertisements 
where the vendors boast that their paint dries faster because they have 
added more of these glycol ethers!  Many of my clients are using 
thermoplastic strips that are ironed on to the road.  There are no VOC's 
and these can last from 5 - 7 years in most locations.  I am not sure what 
we are trading off with life cycle impacts on this material.  However, it 
looks real snazzy.  The City of Cambridge (Massachusetts) has raised its 
crosswalks as elongated speed bumps and put brick in-lay on them to show 
that they are cross walks.  Only a minimum of paint is being used.  I would 
recommend that the folks in Hawaii use a cause and effect diagram to come 
up with causes for the problems that they are looking at and then use 
brainwriting to come up with potential solutions that are not limited to 
materials substitution.  There are many other ways to look at this issue 
without resorting to water-based paints!

Bob Pojasek
Pojasek & Associates

>Date: Tue, 28 May 2002 09:50:36 -0400
>To: "Marlyn Aguilar" <MAguilar@eha.health.state.hi.us>
>From: Janet Clark <clarkjan@turi.org>
>Subject: Re: SOPs for Road Maintenance/Painting
>Cc: p2tech@great-lakes.net
>Sender: owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net
>Reply-To: Janet Clark <clarkjan@turi.org>
>List-Name: p2tech
>X-Loop: p2tech
>Hi Marlyn,
>Talk to
>Fred Murphy, New Hampshire Department of Transportation-
>Phone: 603-271-3226, <fmurphy@dot.state.nh.us> or see his website at
>He has done an EMS for NH DOT.
>See also http://www.peercenter.net/index.cfm for valuable guidance and models.
>Janet Clark
>Toxics Use Reduction Institute
>At 11:17 AM 5/23/2002 -1000, you wrote:
> >Hi Everyone,
> >
> >Does anyone know of guidance documents or plans that outline Standard
> >Procedures (SOPs) for road maintenance/painting?  I found some information
> >reducing the use of paint with high VOCs and some basic overviews.  The
>shop I'm
> >working with uses latex paint.  Are there specific documents for storage,
> >etc. and other areas for P2 opportunities?
> >
> >Thanks in advance for your help!
> >
> >Marlyn Aguilar
> >Waste Minimization Coordinator
> >Hawaii Deparment of Health
> >Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch
> >919 Ala Moana Blvd, Rm 212
> >Honolulu, HI 96814
> >Phone: (808) 586-4226
> >Fax: (808) 586-7509
> >
> >
> >
>Janet Clark <clarkjan@turi.org>
>Associate Director for Information
>MA Toxics Use Reduction Institute
>University of Massachusetts
>One University Ave.
>Lowell, MA  01854-2866
>Tel 978-934-3346, Fax 978-934-3050