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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

A paper presented at the WEF Industrial Wastes Technical Conference in
St. Louis, Missouri, 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 mandate hardware solutions to the effluent problem, while others stipulate a specific allowable concentration.

This paper will present the regulations governing effluents in many countries and states and localities within the US, as well as offer discussions of some of the hardware systems required by various jurisdictions.

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