GLRPPR Sector Resource: V.H. Blackinton & Co. Toxics Use Reduction Case Study: Halogen Solvent Elimination, Chemical Reduction, and Zero Discharge
V.H. Blackinton & Co. Toxics Use Reduction Case Study: Halogen Solvent Elimination, Chemical Reduction, and Zero Discharge
In the early 1990's V.H. Blackinton began a continuous improvement program to reduce chemical use and eliminate certain hazardous chemicals. By engaging company employees and working with vendors, along with
the help of the Office of Technical Assistance (OTA), V.H. Blackinton eliminated the use of ozone depleting
Freon, trichloroethylene (TCE), ammonia, and volatile organic compounds (VOC). The company made substantial investments to modernize their plating and finishing operations, leading to significant reductions in
water use and in the use of acids and bases in waste treatment and plating operations. As a result, V.H.
Blackinton is no longer required to report under the Toxic Use Reduction Act (TURA) and have closed the loop
on their wastewater discharge.
Toxics Use Reduction Institute
Case study/success story
Date of Publication:
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