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Fiberglass reinforced plastics

Fiberglass reinforced plastics facilities can emit a range of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). There may also be hazardous waste generated and wastewater discharge.

Air pollution regulations

Waste regulations

  • Unused paints and related cleaning solvents are often considered hazardous waste. Before disposing of any unused paint or solvent, it is important to review whether the material is hazardous and then properly manage the waste going forward. Start with the SBEAP's hazardous waste page and learn more about hazardous waste management.
  • If you clean up with wipes or rags, be sure to follow the latest procedures outlined in the DNR waste program fact sheet Management of Solvent-Contaminated Wipes (WA-1207)
  • If you reuse solvents, there are important policy issues to understand:

Wastewater regulations

  • Small industrial sources using paints and solvents should check with their local Wastewater Treatment plant or sewerage district about disposal of any industrial materials. They will have limits on what contaminants can be sent to the sewer. You may need to pretreat your wastewater discharge before sending it to the treatment plant. Review the requirements starting on the DNR wastewater program page.
  • Small industrial sources may also have to comply with a storm water discharge permit, or certify that they are not a source of exposure to storm water contamination. Review the storm water runoff permits page for more details.
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