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Mid-IR analyzers help biodiesel plants avoid illegal discharge of oil/grease

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established limitation guidelines for discharges of “oily wastes” from facilities utilizing any type of oil and grease in their manufacturing process. However, recently several biodiesel plants in the US have been fined for illegally discharging vegetable-based oil and grease and polluting nearby streams. While biodiesel plants are new to the industrial community, they need to be good neighbors and properly dispose and comply with regulations regarding “oily wastes.” Current limits on oil and grease concentration levels will force biodiesel plants to monitor their waste byproducts more closely prior to discharging which means measuring the oil and grease concentration levels to ensure compliance.

With the portable, easy-to-use InfraCalTM TOG/TPH Analyzer, Model HATR-T2, or the Model CVH – depending on the solvent selected for the extraction process – onsite determinations of the total oil and grease concentration level in the discharge can be easily and accurately determined in 10-15 minutes – including extraction process. Measurement data obtained with the Model HATR-T2 will correlate to EPA Method 1664 and with the Model CVH to ASTM Method D 7066-04.

With either InfraCal TOG/TPH Analyzer, biodiesel plant operators can quickly and easily assess determine the oil and grease concentration level of their waste byproducts and avoid discharging effluent that is above the regulatory limit.

The InfraCal TOG/TPH Analyzers are the world-wide standard for measuring total oil and grease concentration levels in water. They are widely used in the oil and gas marketplace on offshore oil platforms and refineries, as well as in numerous other industries for measuring fats, oil and grease concentration levels in wastewater.

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