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Petroleum Distillates


  • Petroleum distillates are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and may be regulated in your area.

  • Petroleum distillates can be recovered by distillation.

  • The paraffinic hydrocarbons have low evaporative loss rates.

  • Hydrocarbons and water are immiscible and will separate in a settling tank, so hydrocarbons can be recycled from the wastewater stream. However, the water may still require treatment prior to discharge to the drain.

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