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Paint & Coating Manufacturing (Liquid): P2 Opportunities
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Background and Overview
Reasons for Change
P2 Opportunities
Where To Go for P2 Help
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Regulatory developments, R&D, and the continuing market trends toward water-based/lower-emitting coatings, and other coating technologies, have contributed to reductions in air emissions, heavy metal use, and wastes from this industry. Of regulatory importance, the EPA’s National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP): Miscellaneous Organic Chemical Manufacturing and Miscellaneous Coating Manufacturing; Final Rule was adopted in 2003, which requires many pollution prevention and controls and measures for specific processes in the coating manufacturing industry, to comply with the air regulations.

Many of the opportunities listed below may already be in place at many paint production facilities. Any suggestions that are new to a manufacturer, may require specialized training upon implementation, to achieve the benefits of improved material and energy and water efficiency, and reduced worker illnesses relating to exposure.

Paint Formulation and Mixing

Process Water (Also see Equipment Cleaning)

Equipment Cleaning and Maintenance

Inventory Management

Exterior Air Pollutants

Indoor Air Pollutants

According to a 2006 study, reducing or controlling organic emissions inside the plant is important due to the typical ‘open design’ of production facilities. In the paint industry, 99% of indoor particles are in non-visible range (< 30 um), and are low density, making them difficult too separate. These suspend in air and can easily be inhaled into lungs.



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