Free Resources for Manufacturers
In 2022, Minnesota became the first state to ban the use of Trichloroethylene (TCE) for all businesses requiring an air permit. Known as a powerhouse cleaning agent, TCE is also used in other industrial processes and as an ingredient in some consumer products—but its hazards are now well recognized.
MnTAP, in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and funded with a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 (U.S. EPA R5), launched the TCE Alternatives Project to help Minnesota businesses make the switch from TCE to effective, safer alternatives.
What we discovered was a need in our business community: a third-party perspective on mitigating the risks associated with cleaning solvents and degreasers, and clear information about alternatives. This toolkit is organized into three themed areas, each presented in several formats including an E-guide, slideshow, video, and infographic.