TCE Resources

Tricholoroethylene (TCE) is a toxic organic compound. It is clear and colorless, has a sweet odor, and evaporates quickly.

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Select BMPS for TCE degreasing


Equipment & Process Modifications

  • Install impervious covers on cleaning tanks to prevent vapor loss
  • Install a vapor level control device for automatic sump shut-off
  • Use super-heated vapor degreasers to facilitate drying and minimize solvent drag-out
  • Use dry pumps on vacuum equipment to eliminate use of oil
  • Use counter-current cleaning methods where possible
  • Preclean parts by wiping instead of rinsing
  • Centralize and consolidate cold cleaning operations to minimize vapor losses
  • Increase drain times for parts before & after washing - to reduce dragout
  • Extend solvent life by avoiding unnecessary solvent additions
  • Extend life of cleaners through filtration
  • Use in-line solvent recovery on vapor degreasing

Loss Prevention and Housekeeping

  • Implement and practice preventive maintenance

Solid and Hazardous Waste

  • Maximize recoverable waste recycling
  • Research less toxic alternatives for cleaners, solvents, etc.
  • Install solvent recovery system.
  • Frequently inventory & reduce use of low shelf-life material
  • Use material exchanges to finding companies that may use relatively clean streams as a feedstock.
K-State Pollution Prevention Institute
(800) 578-8898 |
2323 Anderson Ave., Suite 300, Manhattan, KS 66506