The Greening Of Optics

Manufacturers of optics, lasers, electro-optics, and fiber optics may think of their industries as environmentally safe, but Richard Reibstein of the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance points out that "there are no clean industries." Although the fabrication processes for optics require strict tolerances in terms of purity, many of the solvents, dyes, gases, and raw materials used in the manufacturing process are classified as hazardous materials.

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