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printreg, September, 2000
Heavy Metals in Litho Inks


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From:Gary Miller(gmiller@wmrc.uiuc.edu)
Date:Fri, 08 Sep 2000 11:21:53 -0500


The following question was sent to my by Andy Bray of NEWMOA. Please respond to these listservs and I'll pass them on to Andy. The question was regarding heavy metals in litho inks. They are working with a state printing office on an environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) program and are particularly interested in metals in inks. They are aware of some heavy metals that are used, but wonder if these are only used in specialty applications. Metals they are particularly concerned with are Nickel, Zinc, Copper, and Antimony, all of which are on EPA's Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic (PBT) chemical list. I searched the PrintTech archives and found one relevant discussion thread that referenced an Iowa Waste Reduction Center manual and a contact person at the National Assoc. of Printing Ink Manufacturers and another that referred to a RCRA hazardous waste document. Any other relevant information or resources that PNEAC folks or PrintTech/PrintReg members could provide or refer me to would be greatly appreciated. Thank you again for your assistance. Andy Bray Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA) 129 Portland Street, Sixth Floor Boston, MA 02114 617-367-8558 ext. 306 http://www.newmoa.org Gary D. Miller Director, PNEAC Illinois Waste Management and Research Center One East Hazelwood Drive Champaign, IL 61820 Phone: 217/333-8942 Fax: 217/333-8944 e-mail: gmiller@wmrc.uiuc.edu http://www.pneac.org (Printers' National Environmental Assistance Center) Toll-Free Faxback: 1-888-877-6322 (1-888-USPNEAC)



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