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

Re: Use of acetone in reformulated products

Brigette Martin (
Fri, 07 May 1999 08:08:16 -0500

Generators of Hazardous Waste need to be mindful of their generator status. If acetone is used in a process unsparingly a company may jump from Small to Large Quantity and the training, and compliance requirements increase. Not to mention, the additio
nal costs of disposing of wastes. Its always a good idea to stay away from products that will increase hazardous waste generated. Remember the responsibility is that of the generators from cradle to grave and if the treatment facility is not doing all

Brigette Martin
Gulf States Paper Corp.

>>> Ted Hughes <> 05/06 2:18 PM >>>
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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