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TCE Grant in RI Second Year

Are you STILL using TCE to clean your parts?

You need to find a safe substitute because:

  • TCE is a suspected carcinogen and creates an unsafe and uncomfortable work environment
  • TCE is highly regulated, by both the RI DEM and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency
  • TCE has been found at air monitoring stations in Rhode Island, and will continue to be the subject of enforcement actions by both RI DEM and the US EPA.

Companies were invited to find an effective alternative cleaner at the Free TCE Alternatives workshop held on March 14, 2008 from 9:00-12:00 PM at the Rhode Island Community College, Warwick Campus, 400 East Avenue, Warwick, RI. (www.CCRI.edu)

Workshop set up

The Toxics Use Reduction Institutes Surface Solutions Laboratory (TURI Lab) from the University of Massachusetts Lowell was on hand to explain their scientific process of finding companies the right cleaner for their parts. Some cleaners are drop in replacements that can be used with a companies current equipment, others may be water based products. Companies were encouraged to bring dirty parts and to try out the water based cleaners and equipment. Follow up testing and on site assistance was made available FREE to the companies during the grant period!

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Hands-On Workshop for RI Companies Using TCE 2008

  Hands-On Workshop for RI Companies Using TCE from 2008 Download file (2.36 MB)

EPA TCE Project Summary

  Providing Technical Assistance to Metal Finishers using Trichloroethylene (TCE): Outcomes and Next Steps Download file (6.65 MB)

Narragansett Bay Commission Presentation

  Narragansett Bay Commission presentation to attendees about NBC's involvement and services available to companies in RI. Download file (1.16 MB)

Department of Defense TCE Connection

Example of Strategic Approach for Reducing Hazardous Solvents in DoD projects Read more...