- Office of Technical Assistance and Technology
This Massachusetts maker of fine brass instruments has worked with OTA to successfully reduce the use of toxics. Trichloroethylene (TCE), previously used to remove buffing compound and pitch residues, has been replaced with aqueous and semi-aqueous cleaners.
This change eliminated the use of TCE in the process (approximately 3,600 pounds annually). Methylene chloride used in refinishing has been replaced with an aromatic alcohol; eliminating the use of methylene chloride at the facility (about 300 pounds annually).