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Printech Archives, May 1998: Re: Toxic Metals in Sheetfed Inks

Re: Toxic Metals in Sheetfed Inks

Robert Gifford (
Fri, 29 May 1998 01:05:02 +0000


There is an EPA document giving general RCRA guidelines and information
about the printing industry. It can now be accessed from the PNEAC
website in text or PDF formats


Jim Hadley wrote:
> I have seen barium in sheetfed inks. Has anyone seen any of the other
> RCRA Toxicity Characteristic metals in sheetfed inks (arsenic, cadmium,
> chromium, lead, mercury, selenium, or silver?)
> I understand that most if not all colors are available with inks that do
> not contain toxic metals for pigmentation. However, I would like to
> know which metals printers should watch out for when assessing whether
> their waste inks meet RCRA's Hazardous definition.
> Any experience with putting metal containing inks through the TCLP
> test? Do the metals leach?