Pollution Prevention in the Wood Finishing Industry
The vast majority of air emissions in the wood finishing industry are generated from the coatings used in the finishing process. The adhesives used in the manufacture of partitions and fixtures (and other types of wood furniture products that involve covering a composite material core with a wood vendor or plastic laminate) can generate significant air emissions.
In the Northeast, solvents emitted in the greatest quantities from furniture finishing are toluene, xylenes, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK), and methanol. All of these compounds are flammable liquids that quickly evaporate. In addition, the US EPA considers them hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) that can cause adverse health effects and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can contribute to ambient air quality problems. more …
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- NHDES Pollution Prevention Program
29 Hazen Drive; PO Box 95
Concord, NH 03302-0095
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NH Department of Environmental Services | 29 Hazen Drive | PO Box 95 | Concord, NH 03302-0095
(603) 271-3503 | TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964 | Hours: M-F, 8am-4pm