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February 1999 Number 67

Governor’s Pollution Prevention Award, 1998 Recipient

Honda of America Mfg., Inc., Marysville Motorcycle Plant

Honda of America’s Motorcycle Plant is being recognized for using powder coat paint technology instead of solvent- borne paints to paint its motorcycle and sport utility vehicle frames and gas tanks. In 1997, this project reduced VOC emissions by 26.1 tons, eliminated 1,300 gallons of purge solvent from the painting pro- cess, and reduced paint sludge waste generation by 14.6 tons.

The Governor’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Pollution Prevention have been presented since 1986. Honda of America Mfg., Inc. was one of seven recipients to receive the Award in 1998. These awards recognize outstanding commitments to improve Ohio’s environment through pollution prevention. Evaluation criteria for the awards include: the reduction of waste at the source, recycling or recovery of materials, cost-effectiveness, ability of the program to serve as a model for others, and effectiveness in promoting pollution prevention as the preferred long-term approach for environmental management.

Honda of America Mfg., Inc., Marysville Motorcycle Plant

The Marysville Motorcycle Plant (MMP) manufactures motorcycles and utility vehicles. The plant performs frame manufacturing, welding, plastic injection molding, painting, assembly, testing, quality assurance, shipping and export operations. This plant has a production capacity of 150,000 units annually. Historically, it has painted its motorcycle and utility vehicle frames and gasoline tanks with solvent- borne paints and, as a result, used solvents to clean the paint lines. This traditional method created a significant amount of air emissions, solid waste paint sludge from the capture of

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Office of Pollution Prevention, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, Ohio, 43216-1049, (614) 644-3469

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