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Wood furniture

Wood furniture and related products are created from raw wood or wood products that require cutting, sanding, and other handling activities that generate wood dust. Wood dust is regulated as an air pollutant called "particulate matter" or PM. In addition, furniture and related products are often manufactured using paints and stains that generate volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) when applied. Those solvent based materials may also result in hazardous waste generation. There are a range of environmental requirements that apply to wood furniture manufacturing operations.

Air pollution regulations

Waste regulations

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 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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