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Continuing Education Conference Fall 2008

Fall 2008 Alternatives for Surface Finishing Peter A. Gallerani describes the history and focus of Toxics Use Reduction. He lists the historically main chemicals used in coating and describes how the regulation of toxic chemicals has either maintained their use or required them to be replaced, as well as different manufacturing setups and their benefits. Included are Cadmium, Aliumiplate, Alkaline Zinc, Chromate and Chromium.
  Carbon-Based Direct Plate for Complex Printed Wiring Board Requirements MacDermid describes the electronics board production process and argues for the replacement of an electroless copper process with a carbon-based direct plating process.
  CleanerSolutions Database Jason Marshall describes: the purpose of cleaning; what you are trying to clean off; what is being cleaned; what equipment you use to clean it; and how to determine how clean something is. Cleaning is extremely important for worker and general safety, and can have a large impact on the environment, even if something is properly clean afterwards. There are several standards and scoring rubrics for cleaning described.
  Creating a Greener Energy Future for the Commonwealth Gerry Bingham, of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, describes the driving forces behind energy today, as well as the mission of DOER. He presents opportunities, resources, and tips for energy planning and outstanding examples of leaders in green energy.
  EHS Considerations for Drop-In Alternatives to TCE Mary Butow, of TURI, gives an overview of criteria for standard hazards. She gives three examples of hazardous chemicals, TCE, Perc, and nPB.
  Energy Efficiency in Massachusetts Nelson Medeiros, Lead Program Manager for NSTAR Electric & Gas Corporation, talks about energy efficiency in Massachusetts. The goal of the presentation is to show how they are trying to orient the market more towards energy efficiency design and practice, in a way that is easy for customers and market actors to participate in.
  Federal Programs and Incentives for Energy Savings The EPA describes the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy. They also describe the programs they have, and how they grade companies for them in manufacturing, building, and shipping.
  Harvesting the Rain Burt Process Equipment describes the benefit of recycling rainwater. Described are the various components of rainwater recycling equipment, and the various types of storage systems.
  Lightolier Water Conservation From the TUR Continuing Education Conference. Lightolier is a Philips Group brand, and here they describe their process for asset selection in their manufacturing process. Through sustainable asset selection, Lightolier has significantly increased the efficiency of their operation.
  NESHAP Surface Finishing Susan Lancey, of the EPA, describes the connections between their concurrent changes to National Emission Standars for Hazardous Air Pollutants and their effect on surface finishers.
  Switching from TCE Heidi Wilcox of TURI describes the process of the TURI Laboratories in finding alternatives for chemicals. One such chemical is TCE, which Massachusetts offers a grant for phasing out.
  Tax Incentives Alternative Energy and Energy Conservation Linda M. Koplin describes tax incentives related to renewable energy and sustainability in the state of Massachusetts. This presentation describes various tax incentives for small businesses and how to register for them.
  TURA Higher and Lower Hazard Substances Liz Harriman of TURI describes the process for defining priority chemicals on their Hazardous and Less Hazardous Substance list.
  Water Conservation- Valley Plating Valley Chrome, manufacturers of decorative chrome plating, describe their process for meeting environmental compliance requirements. Manufacturing processes are detailed with tips on how to meet regulation requirements.
  Water Conservation- Vicro Vicor describes how they have cut down on water usage and dealing with wastewater in electronics production.