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Re: Non haz solvents

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From: Jeffrey Matusow (
Date: Thu Jun 24 1999 - 16:10:43 CDT

Have you looked into capturing and re-using your solvent? You can even
distill it. By doing so you will greatly reduce your solvent purchases
therefor you wont have to report as many lbs. of VOC's. Centrifuge equipment
is available to remove solvent from rags and wash-up cloths. Distillation
equipment is available to purify the solvent for re-use. This equipment is
designed for mid size and large printers.
Please contact your local PRINTERS' SERVICE office for more information or
contact me at 973-589-7800 x 2249.

Jeff Matusow

----- Original Message -----
From: Matt Kaarlela <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, June 24, 1999 4:01 PM
Subject: Re: Non haz solvents

> Brigette,
> You've got some great advice regarding your question. I will throw out one
> more thought FWIW. Check out the EPA document "An Evaluation of Substitute
> Blanket Washes". It isn't perfect but will lay out some things you should
> consider when shopping for a low VOC cleaner. You can get it from the gov
> bookstore (EPA 744-F-96-009) but I would try your local PIA affiliate
> first. They should have copies. If they don't, e-mail me and I'll see if I
> can get a copy out to you.
> Matt Kaarlela
> PIA-Texas
> >Are there any offset printing operations using non hazardous blanket or
> roller wash solvents (flash point of 140F or higher)?
> >
> >With pending shop towel regulations, we are under the gun to try some non
> characteristic hazardous solvents.
> >
> >Thanks,
> >
> >Brigette Martin
> >Environmental Compliance Coordinator
> >
> >
> >

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