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Pollution Prevention and Control Technologies for Plating Operations

Section 1 - Overview of Project Results

1.1 Description of Project

1.1.1 General

The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) is sponsoring an on-going project to assess pollution prevention and control technology available to the plating industry and to make this information available to those who can benefit from it. Completed project activities include extensive surveys of the plating industry and vendors of technologies and an in-depth literature review. The plating industry survey was performed in cooperation with the National Association of Metal Finishers (NAMF). This book and the associated database are the initial products of the project.

The project results are useful for all those associated with pollution prevention and control in the plating industry. The results show which treatment, recovery and bath maintenance technologies have been most successful for different plating processes and the costs for purchasing and operating these technologies. The project results also cover trends in chemical substitution, the identification of compliance-problem pollutants, sludge generation rates, off-site sludge recovery and disposal options, and many other pertinent topics. Section 1 provides an overview of the approach taken by the project team, as well as an outline of key results.

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