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e.
Segregate, fully identify, label, store, and maintain the integrity
of waste petroleum assets pending DRMO disposition.
f.
Ensure that waste petroleum suspected of containing 50 ppm or more
PCB contamination is identified, segregated, and reported to the
servicing DRMO for disposal.
g.
Encourage voluntary participation of military and civilian
employees who change the crankcase oil in their own personal
vehicles to deliver the recovered oil to the DoD collection
location as a means of easy disposal, pollution abatement, and
effective resource recovery.  Cooperative programs with regional
and local business, civic, and governmental organizations also
might be considered to increase public awareness and improve the
economics of recycling.
h.
Include military exchanges and other tenant organizations in the
installation program for efficiency and economy of centralized
recovery efforts.
2.
All used oil disposal practices that are not acceptable environmentally
shall be discontinued, including use of oil for weed control, insect
control, and road dust control; open-pit burning (excluding
firefighting training); and dumping into landfills/ sewers/water.
4.5.8
Used Solvent Elimination Program (USE)
4.5.8.1
The USE Program was developed primarily to reduce the costs
and future liabilities associated with the disposal of used solvents. The
alternatives for reducing solvent generation are
1.
onsite recycling
2.
offsite recycling
3.
burning as fuel.
4.5.8.2
Recycling of solvents is widely practiced within the services
installations.  Solvent stills are used for recycling organic solvents such as
freons, trichloroethane (vapor degreasing solvent), mineral spirits, and paint
solvents.
4.5.8.3
Onsite recycling involves the use of a solvent recovery
equipment (stills), located at the point of generation.  These stills recycle
the contaminated solvents through distillation.
4.5.8.4
Offsite recycling means hiring commercial contractors to
transport and recycle the solvents outside the military installations.
4.5.8.5
Solvents can be blended with oil as fuel for the boilers.
However, precautions must be followed to ensure that halogenated solvents are
not mixed with the oil.  In addition, the blended fuel oil must be tested for
heavy metals contamination (40 CFR 266).
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