Solvent Emissions Reduction Study at Newark AFB, Ohio
Final rept. Aug 88-Apr 89,
ACUREX CORP MOUNTAIN VIEW CA ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS DIV
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The objective of this effort was to collect baseline Freon emissions data, and subsequently recommend potential emission control alternatives to minimize Freon emissions that result from routine maintenance and repair operations conducted at Newark AFB, Ohio. Newark AFB, Ohio, uses a number of solvents to clean and maintain electronic guidance devices. The solvent most often used in this application is 1,1,2-trichloro-1,2,2-trifluoroethane, a solvent commonly known by the DuPont Company trademark Freon 113TM hereafter referred to as Freon. Newark AFB purchases large quantities of Freon nearly 600,000 pounds annually, and in previous years, lost nearly all of it 555,000 pounds as unrecovered Freon vapor. Freon is one of a general class of chemicals known as chlorofluorocarbons CFCs. Scientific evidence strongly suggests that CFC emissions are responsible for the depletion of the protective ozone layer surrounding the earths atmosphere. For this reason, the U.S. air Force must reduce and eventually eliminate CFC emissions from Air Force facilities. Several steps have been taken to reduce the quantity of Freon emitted from the more than 100 emission point sources at Newark AFB. For example, the recovery of solvent vapors emitted from more than half of the point sources at the facility is achieved with limited success by the use of two carbon adsorption CA systems.
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