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EPA Targeting Metal Finishing Wastewater

22. September 2014


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its preliminary 2014 effluent guidelines program, and wastewater from the metal finishing industry is just one of the areas that will be subject to more regulation in the upcoming year.


Wastewater runoff from the oil and gas production, petroleum refining and nanomaterial industries are also on the 2014 EPA agenda. The EPA will seek information from industries that may need either revised existing regulations or new regulations.



The EPA does not currently regulate wastewater discharges from nanomaterial manufacturing facilities. The agency also wants to find out more about discharges from centralized treatment facilities that accepts wastewater from hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas extraction activities.


With a new look at the metal finishing industry, the EPA says it wants to gather more data about metal discharges, and in particular those performing zinc and cadmium plating.


The Clean Water Act requires EPA to publish every two years a schedule for  reviewing and possibly revising effluent guidelines that have been promulgated as required by Section 304(b).


Under Section 304(b) of the Clean Water Act, the EPA regulates the discharge of pollutants from industries directly to surface waters through effluent limitation guidelines, and indirect discharges via wastewater treatments plants through pretreatment standards. Both regulatory limits are based on available technology.


The EPA published its notice announcing the preliminary FY 2014 plan on Sept. 16. The agency will accept comments, identified by Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW-2014-0170, at until Nov. 17.

New CCAI Online Training Videos Now Available

19. September 2014


The Chemical Coaters Association International has released a variety of educational training videos that can be accessed at anytime from anywhere.  Found on CCAI TV through CCAI’s website, the library of videos offers educational presentations from industry experts that run an average of 20 – 40 minutes in length. Designed to give information and provide an understanding of many finishing technologies, more than 20 videos offer a low-cost educational tool for those in the industry.  Additional videos will be added to the video library frequently. 


Videos can be rented for a 30-day period on an individual basis or on a package collection basis.  There are currently three packages available, containing multiple videos at a larger discount than individual viewing. 


Current collections include:

  • -Building Blocks of Powder Coating
  • -Español Educación
  • -Finishing Essentials
  • -Efficient Curing with Infrared


CCAI also has a series of free videos available from Corporate Members.  Check out some of the latest technologies and products like KMI Systems’ Turn-Key Finishing Systems, IntelliFinishing’s Shuttle and how it works, Midwest Finishing’s video on “The Midwest Difference,” Nordson’s Purple Up Close and TTX’s Finishing System Overview.  These videos contain valuable information for all finishers.


To access the videos, visit, click on EDUCATION, then click on CCAI TV.  Fees to access individual videos are $30 for CCAI members; $49 for non-members.  Video collection access is $79 for CCAI members; $99 for non-members. 



All CCAI videos (with the exception of the Corporate Member videos) are copyrighted by The Chemical Coaters Association International and may not be copied, saved nor reproduced without written permission of CCAI.

Enthone Publishes Plating-on-Plastics & Decorative Base Metals Guide

17. September 2014


A new "Plating-on-Plastics & Decorative Base Metals Guide" has been published by Enthone. The selection guide provides an overview of Enthone best-in-class technologies, including:


  • -Plating-on-Plastics Pre-Treatment Systems
  • -Cyanide-free and Acid Copper Technologies
  • -Semi-Bright, Bright and Satin Nickel Processes
  • -Dark, Lustrous Chrome Solutions
  • -Integrated Equipment Systems


Enabling new designs, improved reliability and enhanced appearance, Enthone decorative coatings create value throughout the entire supply chain by decreasing metal consumption, increasing efficiency and reducing process steps. Delivering style, versatility and functionality, the coatings are engineered for beauty, cost-effectiveness and durability in a diversity of environments.


A copy of the guide may be obtained by contacting

NASF Science and Engineering Scholarship Competition Now Open

15. September 2014


The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) Educational Foundation is now accepting applications for their 2014 Scholarship Award Program. Open to national and international applicants attending an accredited college, NASF’s Scholarship Program supports student research in plating and surface finishing science and engineering. Applications for the 2014-2015 school year are due December 9, 2014.


Undergraduate and graduate students studying chemical engineering, material science or engineering, mechanical engineering, metallurgical engineering, environmental engineering or chemistry are encouraged to apply. Undergraduates must be a junior in standing or above when applying and must be of senior standing for the 2014-2015 academic year. Honorary scholarship recipients will each receive an award in the amount of $1,500 USD toward their study and/or research related to the advancement of the plating and surface finishing industries. Interested applicants should visit for complete program information.


NASF is pleased to congratulate these 2013 scholarship award winners for their contributions to the future of the surface finishing industry. Each recipient was chosen on the basis of four major factors: (1) academic record, (2) personal statement, (3) work experience and (4) extracurricular activities.


Harman Khare

Harman Khare is a postdoctoral researcher in nanotribology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research is focused on multi-scale experimental studies in the tribology of solid lubricant materials, such as surface coatings and nanocomposite materials, and conventional engine oils for reducing friction and wear. The NASF Educational Scholarship has enabled Khare to communicate his research to his peers in surface mechanics and tribology and the broader science and engineering community.


Yunfei Xu

Yunfei Xu is a PhD candidate in chemistry at Harvard University. Having previously studied noble-metal-free electrocatalysts for water splitting reactions, his current research is focused on surface chemistry and catalysis. Passionate about extracurricular activities, Yunfei Xu co-authored 10 publications, including research articles, reviews, a book chapter and 2 patents during his undergraduate. In 2013/2014, he served as a fellow in both Venture Club and the Alumni Relations board of the Harvard Chinese Students and Scholars Association (HCSSA). Xu is now the 2014/2015 co-chair of Alumni Relations for HCSSA.


Hao Song

Hao Song is a PhD candidate in chemical engineering and materials science at Wayne State University. He is currently developing a sustainability metrics system to comprehensively evaluate the sustainability performance of electroplating systems. Song recognizes the significant environmental and social challenges the surface finishing industry faces. His goal is to help engineers have a better understanding of electroplating systems from a sustainability point of view to guide appropriate decisions toward sustainability development.


Robert Swasey

Robert Swasey is an undergraduate manufacturing engineering technology major at Brigham Young University. He began to explore the possibility of a career in surface finishing after taking a material removal class, where he was introduced to a number of surface finishing technologies and manufacturing processes. In addition to landing an overseas manufacturing internship related to surface finishing, Swasey’s long-term goal is to enter the aerospace industry or medical equipment industry upon graduation.


For further information on the NASF, visit or contact Phil Assante at (703) 887-7235.

EPi, Eric Olander and Luke Donald Pair Up For First Tee Program

10. September 2014

PGA Tour great Luke Donald and EPi President Eric Olander.



EPi-Electrochemical Products and President Eric Olander have teamed with with PGA Tour great Luke Donald to help with the First Tee of Greater Chicago, a program to assist students play golf.


EPi and Olander are financially supporting the First Tee of Greater Chicago, a youth development initiative of the World Golf Foundation that is supported by the leading organizations in golf including the Masters Tournament, LPGA, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and United States Golf Association.


Plus, Olander and struck up a friendship with Donald after attending a private wine tasting event with him. Here is the story on the First Tee of Greater Chicago website, which recently spotlighted EPi and Olander as a major supporter:


From the First Tee of Greater Chicago website:


The power of social media led our August Donor Spotlight, Electrochemical Products, Inc, to The First Tee of Greater Chicago.  After learning about Luke Donald’s Taste of The First Tee on Donald’s Twitter account, Eric Olander, President of Electrochemical Products, Inc (EPI), did some investigating into the event and The First Tee of Greater Chicago.  Olander quickly discovered that our mission is something that he wanted to get behind and support so that he could help to make a difference with the next generation of kids.


Olander has attended the annual Taste of The First Tee for the past three years and has been a Birdie-Level sponsor for the past two years, enabling him to attend a private clinic with Donald prior to the wine tasting.


EPI has been in business for over 60 years and supplies customers worldwide with an extensive line of products in the areas of electroplating, metal blackening, corrosion inhibitors, antiquing and oxidizing, metal cleaners, metal brighteners, surface preparations, trivalent chromate finishes, and phosphate finishes.  They have been a leader and innovator in the development and manufacturing of chemicals for the metal plating and metal finishing industries.


While their headquarters are just outside of Milwaukee in New Berlin, Wisconsin, Olander and his EPI colleagues make the trip down to the north shore every year for the wine tasting event as he has been a huge fan of Donald’s since he joined the tour.


“I admire his golf swing, creativity and development of golf shots, as he really is an artist on the course.  Luke and his wife Diane provide so much leadership in the community with all that they give back,” said Olander.


We truly appreciate all that Eric and EPI have done to support The First Tee of Greater Chicago and look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come.



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