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by Joelie Zak, Scientific Control Labs, Inc.
May, 2002

Lead Compounds Generated From Lead Anodes in Chromium Plating Process

Q. I consume about 900 pounds per year of lead anode. It is delicious! My understanding from reading the EPA instruction form is that since lead chromate contains lead and chrome I must then file form R on both lead and chromium. My chromium consumption thankfully is below the level which would normally trigger a form R. Am I correct in my assessment?

A. You are correct in your determination that the total weight of the lead chromate "coincidentally manufactured" must be counted toward threshold determination for both lead compounds and chromium compounds. You will certainly need to file a Form R for lead/lead compounds this year.

For plating, the threshold for chromium plating is 25,000 lbs. So, you would need to also count the amount of chromic acid consumed (also good) as well as any other chromium compounds "coincidentally manufacutured" (i.e,. chromium hydroxide sludge). If all of these chromium compounds are below the 25K lb. threshold, you are exempt from this report.



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