Preserving the Earth's Resources.
Sun Chemical Forms Joint Venture to Reduce its Impact on the Environment and Natural Resources.
Mother Nature. We thank her when she sends some warm weather our way, but do nothing but complain when it's -10[degrees] outside. But when do we ever stop to think about how we are treating Mother Nature and the environment? Just consider all the different types of pollution that are sent into the air and water, and you will have one thing to say...yuck yuck 1 also yuk
Used to express rejection or strong disgust. .
So, you might say, who's responsible for cleaning up the environment. Guess what, it's you and the millions of businesses who depend on Mother Nature's resources to operate.
Sun Chemical Corporation continues to be a leader in the field of environmental initiatives, most recently through the establishment of a new water purification It has been suggested that , , and be merged into this article or section. plant and joint venture at its organic pigment production facility in Muskegon, MI. "We are always looking at opportunities for reducing and reusing both renewable and nonrenewable resources," said Gary Andrzejewski, corporate vice president of environmental affairs at Sun Chemical. "Sun has always been committed to preserving the environment and minimizing the impact of our operations on the local community and the environment as a whole."
The Importance of Water
The pigment production process uses a lot of water during the flushing phase. In Sun's case, its pigment plant was sending 1.2 to 1.4 million gallons of wastewater per day to the public wastewater facility in Muskegon. "We have formed a recycling venture to take the water being recycled and bring it back to Sun Chemical to be used during the flushing process," said Mr. Andrzejewski. "This reduces Sun's overall demand on the aquifer aquifer (ăk`wĭfər): see artesian well.
In hydrology, a rock layer or sequence that contains water and releases it in appreciable amounts. by 50 percent."
Sun Chemical formed the joint venture with Lomac LLC (Logical Link Control) See "LANs" under data link protocol.
LLC - Logical Link Control , a neighboring supplier that already had a biological wastewater treatment plant Wastewater treatment plant also called wastewater treatment works
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In addition, through the joint venture, Sun will assume control of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA EPA eicosapentaenoic acid.
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n. ) nearby groundwater polishing facility from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is the agency of the state of Michigan charged with "Protecting Michigan's Environment - Ensuring Michigan's Future" History (MDEQ MDEQ Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
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With this new venture, Sun Chemical also reduces the capacity for BOD BOD: see sewerage. (biological oxygen demand) at Muskegon's public wastewater facility. "Before we set up this joint venture, Muskegon's facility was approaching capacity for BOD-laden waste streams," explained Mr. Andrzejewski. "Before, Sun Chemical was producing 14,000 pounds of BOD per day. Now we have given back 10,000 pounds per day of BOD capacity. We now treat the water at the new facility and then discharge the clean water back to the Muskegon plant. We reduced BOD demand on the local facility by 70 percent."
Up and Running
Mr. Andrzejewski reported that there haven't been any major complications since the facility came on-line, just a few kinks that were easily worked out. Sun Chemical is now looking at other ways to continue its goal of protecting the environment whenever possible. "Our goal is to look at other recycling facilities to lower demand in total," said Mr. Andrzejewski.
"This investment was very wise because of its benefit to the environment, and limits the need for future expansion of Muskegon's public wastewater treatment plant," said Mr. Andrzejewski.