Corps Of Engineers Demonstrates Nontoxic Chemical Paint Removal

Date: December 5, 2002

Source: News Room

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a report entitled "Technology Demonstration of Nontoxic Chemical Stripper for Steel--Cost and Performance Report." The work was performed by the internationally recognized group of consulting engineers, KTA-Tator Inc. "The environmental problem being addressed in this technology demonstration is the removal of lead-based paint from steel structures without producing hazardous air pollutants," the report notes. The report indicates that reduced-toxicity chemical strippers eliminate the use of caustic chemicals and carcinogens. In addition, the method can eliminate the need for containment while lead paint is being removed, as well as the need for workers to wear respirators.

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