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Lower Colorado River Authority

Year Submitted: 2003

Process: Painting/Coating

Industry: Energy Production

Wastes Reduced: Solvent

Substance: Paint

Equipment: Enclosed Recirculation System

Location: La Grange TX

No. of employees: 350

Contact: Mark Johnson

Phone: (512) 473-3200


All waste paint and paint contaminated materials generated at the Fayette Power Project (FPP) are considered F-listed hazardous wastes due to the chemical composition of the thinner that is currently used.

P2 Application:

In an effort to reduce the cost of disposal and to promote recycling of these wastes, the Facility Improvement Team (FIT) should recommend the purchase of a closed-loop paint gun washing system. The system will be self-contained, easy to use, and reduce both the volume of thinner purchased and the volume of waste produced. They selected Inland Technologies IT-300 paint gun washer for use in the facility. The LCRA’s independent evaluation indicates that labor hour savings is one of the greatest assets of using this type of paint gun washer/recycler. It is estimated that up to 25 paint guns can be washed before the tank will require cleaning and then approximately 1 gallon of thinner is required.

Environmental Benefits:

The unit will reduce 130 gallons of waste solvent per year. The unit also reduces risks associated with long-term employee exposures to thinners associated with the manual cleaning of equipment.

Details of Reductions

Additional Information :

It is anticipated that the unit can be purchased for less than $1,700 and will pay for itself within six months. Most of the savings will come from reduced labor used to clean the guns manually. The purchase of the equipment can be offset by the reduced costs associated with labor, product, and waste disposal costs.

Source: TCEQ

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