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To celebrate Pollution Prevention Week, we thought we would share a few of our valuable P2 resources. These resources and more can be found on the PPI website. If you have questions about how to integrate P2 practices into your business, call (800) 578-8898 or email [email protected].

P2 and Metal Fabricating and Finishing Webinar

This webinar featured guest speaker and consultant to the metal fabrication and finishing industry, Dr. Katy Wolf, PhD. It also covered findings from summer 2021 internships at metal-finishing-type industries and highlighted metal fabricating pollution prevention strategies for metal degreasing and cleaning. 

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Pollution Prevention Strategy Videos

Do you have 6-9 minutes to learn about how P2 can help you reduce air emissions, hazardous waste, reduce expensive wastewater treatment and conserve your materials? These videos are short, but concise and provide guidance on best practices that you can begin to implement in your workplace immediately without great expense, but can result in significant cost savings. 

P2 and Understanding Safety Data Sheets - This six minute video explains how to use SDS to identify chemicals that contribute to your air emissions, hazardous waste generation, expensive wastewater treatment and even employee exposures in your workplace. 

P2 and Chemical Replacement - This six minute video highlights tools that can be used to help you identify less hazardous chemical substitutions for the chemicals in use in your workplace.

P2 and Chemical Inventory Management - This seven minute video covers chemical and material management strategies that reduce waste generated, pollution created and material costs in your workplace. 

P2 and Process Change - This nine minute video covers process change strategies that can reduce your hazardous waste generation, air emissions, wastewater treatment costs as well as improve production efficiencies. 

Trichloroethylene (TCE) Roundtables

Trichloroethylene, or TCE, is a priority chemical identified under TSCA. It is a toxic organic compound typically only used by industry as a solvent to remove grease from metal parts, as a spot cleaner or to make hydrofluorocarbon chemicals. It is carcinogenic to humans by all routes, and EPA estimates nearly 250 million pounds are used in the U.S. annually. In Nov. of 2020, EPA released their present their Final TCE Risk Evaluation. The risk evaluation examined 54 conditions of use and found the majority created an "unreasonable risk" to users. New or proposed restrictions or regulations on TCE use are anticipated in the next year.

In Kansas, aerospace manufacturers and their job shops are the primary users of TCE. Under an EPA grant, the Pollution Prevention Institute (PPI) has worked with its TCE users to host four different stakeholder meetings or roundtables between 2017 and 2021. Click here to learn more about TCE and view information and videos from past TCE events. Industries with questions about how to reduce or eliminate their TCE use are encouraged to contact us at 800-578-8898 or [email protected].

Case Summaries

Looking for ways to integrate P2 into your business? Check out our case summaries for ideas. Not sure where to begin? Give us a call at (800) 578-8898 and we can help!

Does your business want to explore P2 opportunities but lack time or human capital? A P2 Intern can give your facility an environmental jumpstart.

The PPI Intern Program links Kansas business and industry with engineering and environmental sciences students. Companies benefit from the interns' research projects, which lead to higher operating efficiency, decreased regulatory compliance burdens, and smaller environmental footprints for their host companies.

Working under the guidance and support of technical advisors from PPI, and the host company supervisor, the 10-week summer internship provides students hands-on experience applying pollution prevention strategies in industrial settings to solve environmental management challenges and to add value to company operations.