Clear Lake Marine Center is a boat storage and repair facility. In the past, the company used 400 lbs of thinner and solvents often containing reactive VOC's during surface coating operations. To demonstrate its commitment to the protection of the environment, Clear Lake Marine Center reduced VOC emissions, specifically, the reactive VOC's into the atmosphere from its surface coating operation by replacing the VOC based solvents with a non-VOC equivalent, such as acetone. Although, the company is considered a minor source of VOC emissions, any VOC reduction is an important contribution in enhancing air quality in the Houston-Galveston area which is considered non-attainment because of noncompliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone concentrations.
Comments: Besides air quality benefits, non-VOC thinners are less expensive.