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Pollution Prevention and Control Technologies for Plating Operations


Section 2 - General Waste Reduction Practices

2.2 POLLUTION PREVENTION AND SOURCE CONTROL

Various terms are used to group or categorize the different methods employed by industry in their pollution control strategies, e.g., pollution prevention, source control, waste minimization, and in-plant changes. One popular term used extensively by EPA during the past five years is pollution prevention. This term (see definition in Section 2.2.1) covers a broader range of pollution control methods than is presented in Section 2. Other aspects of pollution prevention such as chemical recovery, bath maintenance and process chemistry changes are covered in Sections 3 through 5. Pollution prevention is a concept that includes not only the technical methods for reducing waste generation, but also the organizational and administrative tools for implementation. To familiarize the reader with the pollution prevention approach, key aspects of this concept are presented in the following subsections. Also presented are data from the Users Survey that rate and rank the usefulness of each approach or program element.


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