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Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
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MnTAP has a number of current programs to help businesses and targeted industries voluntarily reduce VOC emissions in a cost effective fashion.

Automotive Refinishing

Most common liquids that evaporate and have an odor contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are present in your cleaners and in your paints, whether you use traditional solvent-based paint or water-borne paints. VOCs are a large group of solvents and chemicals that, when released into the atmosphere, are transformed into ground-level ozone which is a component of smog and is a harmful air pollutant.

The University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) has worked to improve Minnesota’s air quality. One effort is helping businesses reduce solvents used for painting while still maintaining effectiveness and not increasing costs.

Degreasing & Vehicle Maintenance

Most common liquids that evaporate and have an odor contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are a large group of solvents and chemicals that, when released into the atmosphere, are transformed into ground-level ozone which is a component of smog and is a harmful air pollutant.

The University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) has worked to improve Minnesota’s air quality. One effort is helping businesses reduce solvents used for degreasing while still maintaining effectiveness and not increasing costs.

Industrial Painting

Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, are compounds of carbon that evaporate into the air and react with NOx and sunlight to form low-level ozone, also known as smog.  While ozone in the upper atmosphere is beneficial to the earth and protects it, in the lower atmosphere, ozone is a harmful pollutant, and can cause chest pains, shortness of breath, and fatigue.  Reducing VOC emissions is the most effective way to reduce low level ozone. Furthermore, the EPA recently proposed lowering the ozone standard which could introduce new and costly VOC regulations in Minnesota, making VOC reduction more important than ever.

VOCs are found in most liquid paints and coatings. MnTAP has reduced VOC emissions from these sources by providing information and technical assistance with voluntary measures that industrial painters and coaters can take to reduce VOCs without the burden of regulation.

Fiber Reinforced Plastics - E3 in FRP Project & E3 in Painting

With support from an MPCA Pollution Prevention grant, the University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is conducting a program to bring E3 to Minnesota’s Fiber Reinforced Plastics (FRP) industry and Painting industry.

E3 stands for Economy, Energy, and Environment. It’s a program that combines Lean tools with energy and waste assessments to maximize efficiency in all areas and help business be more competitive.

Painting and fiber reinforced plastics are important manufacturing sectors in Minnesota and ideal industries for E3 assistance.

 

 

 

 

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