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EFFECTIVE PRETREATMENT FOR HYDROCARBON / VOC REMOVAL

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

A paper presented at the WEF Industrial Wastes Technical Conference, Nashville, TN, 1998

ABSTRACT

Pretreatment of industrial wastewater to remove hydrocarbons is often required so that the hydrocarbons will not cause VOC emissions from Publicly Owned Treatment Plants (POTWs) to exceed regulatory limits.  A discussion of hydrocarbons in wastewater and several methods of pretreatment are included as well as examples of pretreatment systems and recommended criteria for choosing a pretreatment system.