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Texas Eastman

Year Submitted: 2003

Process: Maintenance, Landscape

Industry: Chemical Manufacturing

Wastes Reduced: VOC Emissions

Substance: VOC, NOx

Location: Longview, Harrison County TX

No. of employees: 2700

Contact: Glenn Phillips

Phone: (903) 237-5347


A five-county area in East Texas-Gregg, Harrison, Rusk, Smith and Upshur--has been designed for special emphasis in reducing ozone in the lower atmosphere. Northeast Texas Air Care, in cooperation with the TNRCC, has been organized to promote programs to reduce VOCs and/or NOx. Technical Services coordinates efforts with the contractors within the plant, developing a blueprint for alternate task routines on ozone advisory days. No asphalt work is done on those days, eliminating unnecessary VOC output. The painting crews in the past few years have generally phased out the use of high VOC paints, lowering VOC output 50 percent by using high solids coatings. The lawn crew will adjust their work program on ozone advisory days. The first day is spent doing "hand work," such as pruning, cleaning beds, fixing sprinklers, etc. If there are two consecutive advisory days, lawn crew personnel substitute an alternate schedule.

Environmental Benefits:

The program reduced VOC production from paints, asphalt and small engines. It also lowered NOx emissions from small engines.

Details of Reductions

Source: TCEQ

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