PaintSquare.com
      | Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise
  

 

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Industry’s Environmental Performance Soars

Monday, November 24, 2008

Comment | More

The paint and coatings industry has sharply reduced its emissions of air and water pollutants and slashed its overall Toxicity Score in a new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 

The EPA’s 2008 Sector Performance Report on Paint & Coatings notes that industry air emissions reported to the agency’s Toxics Release Inventory plummeted by 57 percent between 1996 and 2005.

 

The industry’s Toxicity Score—a measure EPA develops by assigning weights to various chemicals—plunged by more than 80 percent during the same period.

 

Xylene and toluene, organic solvents used as carriers in paints, were the chemicals most frequently reported to the Toxic Release Inventory and the highest-ranking chemicals in pounds emitted into the air.

 

Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions remain a significant concern, particularly emissions generated at the point of use. These emissions result primarily from the use of organic solvents in formulating paint and coatings.

 

In 2002, for example, paint and coatings manufacturers emitted 6,000 tons of VOCs, while VOC emissions resulting from the use of those products exceeded 2 million tons, the EPA reported.

 

The industry improved its environmental performance in other areas as well. For example, 39 facilities in the industry reported discharging 9,900 pounds of TRI chemicals in water in 2005—about half the quantity reported in 1996. The sector’s wastewater is usually discharged to publicly owned treatment works but may also be discharged directly to waterways.

 

Total waste managed declined by 28 percent over the period. In 2005, 4 percent of the absolute pounds of TRI-reported waste was released into the air or water or disposed of; 8 percent was treated; 28 percent was recovered for energy use, and 60 percent was recycled.

 

The EPA noted two recent environmental initiatives by the industry: the Paint Product Stewardship Initiative, a multi-stakeholder effort to promote environmentally responsible leftover paint management; and Coatings Care, a program for manufacturers developed by the National Paint & Coatings Association.

 

The entire report is available at http://www.epa.gov/ispd/pdf/performace-rpt-2008.pdf.

   

Tagged categories: EPA

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Sherwin-Williams
Heat-FLex® Hi-Temp 1200

Improved Corrosion
Resistance
Enhanced Durability
Faster Shop Throughput


Axxiom Manufacturing
Revolutionary Units

By integrating Schmidt's Aftercoolers with our blast pots, these systems remove moisture from air and minimize equipment footprint on jobsite.
Call 1-800-231-2085


Carboline Company
Hyrdrocarbon Fire & Jet Fire Protection

Pyroclad X1 is the latest breakthrough in epoxy based intumescent fireproofing technology


Polyval Coatings
Polyflex® Polyurea Linings

Polyflex ™ new Polyurea Geotextile Membrane System has been specifically engineered to protect the environment in containment applications.
www.polyflexlinings.com


Bullard

The Next Generation
of Blasting

• Lightest
• Coolest
• Most Comfortable
• Most Dependable


KTA-Tator, Inc. - Corporate Office
KTA Online
Instrument Catalog

• Any Manufacturer
• Any Instrument
• Any Time
Visit www.ktagage.com
Or call 800-582-4243


Trelawny Surface Preparation Technology
Surface Preparation Equipment

Manufacturer of needle scalers, grinders, scarifiers and scabblers. Pneumatic tools for Marine and Construction. US distributor CS Unitec: 800-700-5919


Global Werbeagentur GmbH (obo: Vincentz Network Hannover - European Coatings Show)
European Coatings Show

For the first time over 1,000 exhibitors from all over the world! Plan your visit online now!


NLB Corporation
Water jet surface prep, high or low

See how quickly HydroPrep® tools do surface prep, with no containment needed. Choose automated Crawler for overhead, Vortex™ for floors, or handheld VertaJet™.

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2015, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com