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printech, April, 2003
Re: Formaldehyde in Printing


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From: Tony Ungerer(ungerer1@gte.net)
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 13:29:56


Formaldehyde, to my knowledge, is not used as a process component in fountain solutions or in prepress areas. Any formaldehyde emissions in printing typically have been attributed to incomplete combustion of VOCs in the combustion chambers of thermal incinerators operating below 1300 degrees F. In this case, worker exposure is zero, since emissions exhaust through the stack. As far as TRI reporting, fformaldehyde would have to be reported as an "incidentally manufactured" chemical over the 25,000 lbs/year threshold (not likely from my experience).



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