While the history of electroplating is very rich and interesting, the environmental impact of the wastewater generated from the process can not be overlooked. In 1972 the Clean Water Act came into being, and gave structure for regulating the discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States. Metal finishing guidelines can be found in 40 CFR Part 433.
In a video webinar, Robin Deal, a Wastewater Specialist for Hubbard-Hall, gives this presentation on "Common Plating Wastewater Issues."
Deal discusses what challenges electroplating shops face in today's world, and how hexavalent chrome reduction, while seemingly simple, is often a challenge at facilities who work with it. Cyanide destruction can also be dangerous if not completed correctly. Chelation is in every electroplating wastewater stream. Finally, she discusses why removing those metals is hard for some systems.
Deal started her path nearly 10 years ago as a licensed physical/chemical wastewater operator in North Carolina. She worked for a large hand tool manufacturer running four wastewater systems, and when the facility closed, she made the decision to join Hubbard-Hall. Since then, she has helped numerous manufacturers solve challenging and complex wastewater issues across the country.
In this video webinar, she focuses only on wastewater generated from electroplating lines.
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