[Alt-photo] The end of dichromate?

Christina Z. Anderson christinazanderson at gmail.com
Sun Oct 4 13:42:40 UTC 2015

I’ve heard this is on the horizon, about six months ago. Since about 1g goes into the making of a 4 layer print, given a 10% ammonium dichromate solution and using 1/2tsp/2.5ml per layer, a pound/454g will make a heck of a lot of work.
One word: stockpile. Which means the price will go up.
I bet the Chinese aren’t going to be banning it anytime soon.
Also, what about the other industries that use it, tanning, preserving wood?

Christina Z. Anderson

On Oct 4, 2015, at 7:36 AM, johnbrewerphotography--- via Alt-photo-process-list <alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org> wrote:

> Hi Don
> Not that this relates to the USA...
> Some chromium salts are banned for sale to the public in the EU. At the moment businesses can still obtain them. When the blanket ban comes in it will still be possible in some cases for businesses to obtain them if there is no substitute chemical. Fortunately I'm a business. I just hope that by substitute they don't mean printing digitally! I've got a stack of both potassium and ammonium that should last me for years. 
> Best
> John
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On 4 Oct 2015, at 1:48 p.m., Don Bryant via Alt-photo-process-list <alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org> wrote:
>> I read yesterday on the Yahoo Carbon printing list that dichromate sales
>> will be banned in the EU beginning in 2016.
>> If this is true how will this new regulation affect the sale and
>> distribution of dichromates in N. America?
>> Surely this will affect the price of dichromates, and if dichromates are
>> banned here will there be an alternative sensitizer that will work for gum
>> printers?
>> Don Bryant
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