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I am currently attending an Environmental Technology course through Palomor College in California. My group was assigned to develop an SB 14 for the Electroplating Industry. My part of the project was to identify at least 10 waste streams generated by the processes of electroplating. Can you help?

Joseph D. Hernandez

The easiest way would be to just name ten commonly plated metals, Joseph--say cadmium, chromium, copper, gold, iron, lead, nickel, silver, tin, and zinc -- and expect to find ions of those metals present in the waste streams of electroplating shops.

I can't count the number of superficial, reductio ad absurdum reports already written under grant, so the good news is that the work has all already been done for your group. Just grab a few of the reports, shuffle the paragraphs, and submit. Hey, if the beltway bandits can get a million bucks a pop to shuffle the paragraphs in return for their campaign donations, you can ask for an 'A' to do the samesmiley.

You're just doing your report, not authoring California SB14 yourself, but electroplating was the nation's first EPA categorically regulated industry, and has been under intense legal and financial pressure towards waste reduction since 1974. Plating shops have studied their processes and their options in exhaustive detail a thousand times over, and after many decades of pressure on Ma & Pa Plater from every angle, to continue funding this stuff is the genuine waste; it's time to pick a second target -- say, Monsanto :-)

Ted Mooney, Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey



Don't be so hard on the young man...after all he's just doing a College report! But include in the report unnecessary Nuclear waste. That's right, Nuclear waste. As you've indicated, all of those tens of thousands of government bureaucrats and their staffs paying their attention to electroplating effluents over all those years printing mountains of documents must have taken a lot of electricity to light the lights, run the computers, typewriters, air conditioners, etc.... Much of this electricity came from coal-fired power plants and as all environmentalists know, coal contains many trace minerals, many of which are radioactive and these elements spew out the stacks into our environment as airborne radioactive waste. Then we breath it. Its funny, these government agencies do more environmental harm just "existing" than the amount of good that they are commissioned to do!


Dave Kinghorn
Dave Kinghorn
Chemical Engineer
SUNNYvale, California


Pardon my ignorance, but what is an SB14?

By the way, Ted, I agree that we have been studied and reported ad absurdum. Unfortunately the right people never seem to try to really learn anything about what we "nasty polluters" are REALLY doing to both control our by-products AND stay in business.


bill vins
Bill Vins
microwave & cable assemblies
Mesa (what a place-a), Arizona 


You are right, it's certainly not Mr. Hernandez's fault, and I'm sorry if it sounded like I was being hard on him; I was just complaining to the walls. Hopefully, though, I'm saved him and his group some make-work by telling them that the same topic has been covered at least a hundred times already and all he needs to do is grab hold of one or two of those reports.

I didn't know what it meant either, don't feel bad. But apparently it stands for Senate Bill 14 -- yet another waste minimization law dictating still more of this same endless, repetitive, unfocused, counter-productive, soul-sapping nonsense for plating shops :-)

"He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance." -- Thomas Jefferson

Ted Mooney,
Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey

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