Plastic Media Blasting (Aircraft Airframes)


Type: E
Accession Number: 9025
Code: Active


To meet increasingly tight wastewater discharge standards, aircraft will be stripped using Plastic Media Blasting (PMB) in lieu of chemical stripping (when approved by NAVAIR). Wastewater generated by chemical stripping requires treatment before discharge. Waste products generated by PMB contain chromium, cadmium and blasting grit. PMB process discharge does not require treatment, hence, the disposal cost is significantly lower than that of the chemical stripping process.

Funding: $450,000/$670,000 Per Year Based on Savings in Labor
Application/Source: Aircraft Paint Stripping
Pollutant Category: Hazardous Waste
Governing Regs/Laws: Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), Regulation 8, Rule 29 on Aerospace Coating


- Approval of PMB Aircraft Airframe Stripping is Still Pending with NAVAIR. Air Pollution Permit Has not Been Obtained to Allow PMB.

Implementation Date: Feb 89
Initial Submission Date: 1989-02-01
Lead Service: Navy
Key Words: Paint Stripper, Plastic Media
Point of Contact - Name: Snow, R. L.
Point of Contact - Organization: NADEP Alameda, CODE 612
Point of Contact - Phone: DSN 686-3091/Comm (415)869-3091

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Last Updated: 10/29/96