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Certification Protocol for Alternative Cleaning Chemistries

Final Report for Developing a Certification Protocol for Alternative Cleaning Chemistries was prepared by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, California, under Agreement Number 95-T0983 (Task 3) between the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. The LLNL Principal Investigator and lead author for this project was Dr. Michael Meltzer, and Katharine Gabor was a contributing author. Both authors are members of LLNL’s Pollution Prevention Group, which operates within the Operations and Regulatory Affairs Division of the Laboratory’s Environmental Protection Department.

The report summarizes the activities and results of the joint project between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), the Alternative Cleaning Chemistries Stakeholder Panel, and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), whose main focus was to develop detailed recommendations for a California-EPA Alternative Cleaning Chemistries Certification. The project also produced a set of preliminary ideas for an Alternative Cleaning Equipment Certification (for equipment or equipment/chemistry combined systems). This report attempts to capture the important points from the discussions held by the Stakeholder Panel and its guests regarding the different aspects of the criteria. These discussions will provide the reader with an idea of the range of different opinions that were considered in formulating the criteria.

The final report includes the following sections:

  1. Developing the Criteria Recommendations: Roles of Project Participants and Recurrent Themes

  2. Alternative Chemistries: Recommendations for Application and Evaluation Protocols

  3. Discussion of the of the Alternative Cleaning Chemistry Recommendations – This section summarizes the major effort of the project and includes the certification recommendations, as well as summaries of the divergent comments, opinions, and discussions about those recommendations.

  4. Preliminary Recommendations for Alternative Cleaning Equipment and Equipment/Chemistry Combination Systems

  5. Certification Protocols

  6. Appeals Procedure Recommendations

  7. Periodic Review Requirements

DTSC has not yet adopted these recommendations and is seeking input from interested stakeholders on the advisability of utilizing these criteria as a part of the ETV program.