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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Water Pollution Prevention Opportunities in Petroleum Refineries

Water Pollution Prevention Opportunities in Petroleum Refineries

Based on a literature search and discussions with refiners, engineering design company technical staff, and selected refinery technology vendors, we find that refiners in the State of Washington, the rest of the United States, and Europe all appear to have examined very similar pollution prevention opportunities over the last decade or more. Section B of this report discusses these projects. The heaviest focus for pollution prevention activities in refineries has been in the area of general operating and maintenance practices and procedures, with much of the emphasis placed on reducing losses of hydrocarbons and solids to the wastewater systems. Loss of hydrocarbons results in both lost product and revenue, and loss of solids increases sludge formation and incurs additional disposal costs.


Wasshington State Department of Ecology

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November 2002

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