Printech Archive, May, 1999: Re: Use of acetone in reformulated products

Re: Use of acetone in reformulated products

Ted Hughes (
Thu, 6 May 1999 15:18:14 -0400

Washing with either Acetone or other alternative products produces waste
in either case. Most companies that produce hazardous waste that is a
flammable liquid send the waste to be incinerated, usually through a
fuel blending program at a cement kiln. Disposal in this manner is not
unfavorable to the environment. The use of the term "Hazardous Waste"
sometimes alarms people needlessly.

>From: Marcia Kinter[]
>Sent: Thursday, May 06, 1999 2:22 PM
>Subject: Re: Use of acetone in reformulated products
>I did not realize my query regarding acetone would generate this type of
>information -- my initial point appears to be lost -- specifically, since
>acetone is deslisted as a VOC (and has never been listed as a HAP), is
>anyone aware of efforts to encourage the use of acetone in the cleaning of
>equipment, etc. Though I do realize that EPA does not look specifically at
>the safety ramifications -- acetone is a highly flammable product.
>Quite honestly, if the regulatory community encourages the use of acetone in
>lieu of other alternative products, then it is counter to pollution
>prevention efforts and information generated by both the USEPA and the
>printing industry.
>Marci Kinter
>SGIA International



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