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Printech, June, 2000
FilmStar FX solution - options for re-use, recycling &/or


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From:MARK STODDARD(MSTODDAR@dem.state.in.us)
Date:Mon, 19 Jun 2000 15:49:33 -0500


Greetings, I am a compliance assistance provider for the State of Indiana. I received a call from a person whose company uses FilmStar FX solution in a process that essentially eliminates the need for developer and fixer and reduces time (eliminates a step in the film development process). According to the caller, this chemical along with a piece of equipment is used to print from film to image. It sounds kind of weird, but I don't work with photographic film so it might be highly plausible. The caller contacted me after having read the MSDS sheet which listed, "May be toxic . . . harmful . . . serious damage . . . toxic fumes . . . ." The caller sent me a copy of the MSDS sheet. It lists 2-Butoxyethanol, Ethyl Acetoacetate, Water, and d-Limonene or Citrene as the main ingredients. It seems relatively benign, but I don't know from usage experience. Does anyone have experience in using this solution? How does one extend the usage (life span) of the chemical? Can it be recycled? Aside from the water and the d-Limonsene or Citrene, 2-Butoxyethanol is a flammable liquid and Ethyl Acetoacetate has a relatively high flash point of 84 degrees C [so as a mixture, it may be flammable]. I assume its important aspects are those as a solvent rather than a material that reacts or causes change to produce a desired effect (image as in this case). Any help to identify potential hazards, use opportunities [to promote extending the life of the chemical], recyclability, etc. would be much appreciated by me and by the caller. Mark C. Stoddard IDEM Compliance & Technical Assistance Program mstoddar@dem.state.in.us



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