Trichloroethylene, or TCE, is a priority chemical identified under TSCA. It is a toxic organic compound typically only used by industry as a solvent to remove grease from metal parts, as a spot cleaner or to make hydrofluorocarbon chemicals. It is carcinogenic to humans by all routes, and EPA estimates nearly 250 million pounds are used in the U.S. annually.
In Kansas, aerospace manufacturers and their job shops are the primary users of TCE. Under an EPA grant, the Pollution Prevention Institute (PPI) worked with its TCE users to host stakeholder meetings or roundtables since 2017. Past roundtable information is archived here. The next and final TCE roundtable is Jan. 26, 2021 and EPA will present their Final TCE Risk Evaluation. The risk evaluation examined 54 conditions of use and found the majority created an "unreasonable risk" to users. As a result, new restrictions and regulations will follow. This roundtable will be held virtually and pre-registration is required. Register for the Jan. 26, 2021 event here.
Region 7 Pollution Prevention Roundtable
The Region 7 Pollution Prevention Roundtable (R7P2RT) is a group made up of State programs, stakeholders and EPA that work with pollution prevention projects primarily in Region 7. The group communicates through a listserv and meets virtually or in-person about six times a year. If you would like to be added to the distribution list, e-mail Nancy at email@example.com.
The purpose of the group is to share P2 resources, collaborate on various projects and learn about new P2 opportunities that advance P2 implementation, resulting in reduced emissions, improving environmental and public health in the region and beyond. K-State PPI is an active member of the R7P2RT and will host meeting videos and content for members until a more permanent location is available. Click here to view R7P2RT resources.