Zero Waste Logo The Zero Wate Network the University of Texas at Arlington Center for Environmental Excellence Environmental Training Institute Logo  

Join Us on:

Social Network Nav Bar

Lean and P2 Workshops

Houston (one day)
October 5, 2016

November 8-10, 2016

December 6-8, 2016

May 31 - June 2, 2017




Environmental Management Systems Workshops

Oklahoma City, Ok
09/27/16 - 09/30/16



Case Study Database

           Add Story    |    Search Case Studies    |   


U.S. Department of Energy Pantex Plant

Year Submitted: 2003

Process: Wastewater Treatment

Industry: Energy Production

Wastes Reduced: Sulfuric Acid

Location: Amarillo TX

No. of employees: 3246

Contact: L. Pendlebury

Phone: (806) 477-3177


Sulfuric acid used to control Ph of the wastewater treatment plant effluent remained in inventory when the process was abandoned. There were no alternative uses for the sulfuric acid at Pantex and it had absorbed water, which resolved the strength of the acid to slightly below the normal commercial strength of 66 degrees Baume. Pantex located a copper mining operation that used sulfuric acid in its ore leaching process and was able to substitute the acid for new acid, which would otherwise have been used in the process. By shipping the 9.5 tons of acid to the mining facility, Pantex avoided disposal and the associated disposal costs and instead the acid was utilized as a useable product. The sulfuric acid was shipped in February 2003.

Environmental Benefits:

Benefit was to reduce the hazardous waste generation by approximately 19,000 lbs., reduce hazardous waste storage on plant site, and reduce management of <90 day permitted sites. Another environmental benefit is this quantity of acid, with the environmental impacts associated with itÂ’s manufacture was avoided since it replaced new material that would have been otherwise manufactured for the copper mining operation.

Details of Reductions

Additional Information :

The disposal costs that were avoided were approximately $15,000.

Source: NetZero

SHEP Shield
Health and

ERP Shield

ESP Shield

EMP Shield

Attend a workshop and
earn credits toward a
Professional Certification



The Zero Waste Network is one of eight Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange P2RxCenters , serving as a national network of regional information centers: NEWMOA (Northeast), WRRC (Southeast), GLRPPR (Great Lakes), ZeroWasteNet (Southwest), P2RIC (Plains), Peaks to Prairies (Mountain), WSPPN (Pacific Southwest), PPRC (Northwest). We are a proud member of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable.

National P2 Roundtable Logo