NIC Global Manufacturing Solutions
Realizing a Cascade of Savings from Pollution Prevention
Eliminated Hexavalent Chromium
Previously, NIC had to evaporate the chromium-containing wastewater and dispose of the sludge as dangerous waste. The 5,000,000 BTU evaporator system used approximately $8,000 in natural gas each month.
Eliminating the chromium meant the company could realize savings in multiple areas. In 2008, NIC received a wastewater discharge permit from King County for its metal cleaning and treating operations. This allowed the company to turn off the evaporator and avoid the costs of disposing of the dangerous waste sludge. King County presented NIC with a 2010 Gold Award for exemplary compliance with the county’s wastewater discharge program.
Now NIC is saving approximately $150,000 in waste disposal and energy costs each year. The company expects these annual savings to increase as energy costs rise.
Energy Efficiency Projects
NIC also installed an air compressor system that is more energy efficient. They estimate the new equipment will save another $25,500 per year.
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