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AN OVERVIEW OF US AND INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS REGARDING HYDROCARBONS IN WATER EFFLUENTS

Kirby S. Mohr, P.E.
Mohr Separations Research, Inc.
Lewisville, TX 75077
email: Kirby@oilandwaterseparator.com

John N. Veenstra, Ph.D., P.E.

Oklahoma State University

A paper presented at the International Petroleum Environment Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2000

ABSTRACT

The amount of hydrocarbons allowed in industrial and stormwater effluents varies greatly from one locality to another or from one country to another. Some countries govern effluents very generally, specifying only “no sheen” and others stipulate a specific allowable concentration.

The paper presents the regulations governing effluents in many countries and states and localities as well as international legal requirements.

Comments are included concerning the possible future course of these regulations.