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Petroleum Distillates - What's What?
- Subject: Petroleum Distillates - What's What?
- From: Magnuson.Leif@epamail.epa.gov
- Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 13:57:40 -0700
- Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Katz.John@epamail.epa.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, KOP@ttemi.com, Reaksecker.Nikole@epamail.epa.gov, Handley.Jack@epamail.epa.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org, Hiatt.Gerald@epamail.epa.gov
- List-Name: P2Tech
- Reply-To: Magnuson.Leif@epamail.epa.gov
This is the third and last request being sent to P2 tech listserve in early
October regarding P2 for auto repair and vehicle fleet maintenance . Thanks
for your responses to the first two.
Can anyone tell me of a definitive source for petroleum distillate
nomenclature? We are attempting to rank various spray-on products used in
auto repair and vehicle fleet maintenance according to the hazards posed by
their ingredients. Various products list different petroleum distillates on
their MSDS sheets. We need to definitively sort out what's what. Below are
the fractions we're interested in. We're sure some of these different terms
refer to basically the same refining cut or distillate (we've listed them
in what we suspect are roughly similar groups), but need to find a
reference source (person or manual) that is definitive on this
The specific questions revolve around the following ingredients:
inhibited parafffin oil
mineral seal oil
refined petroleum oil
light aliphatic naphtha
petroleum distillates naphtha
light aromatic naphtha
aliphatic petroleum distillates
kerosene (Jet A)
light aromatic naphtha
The most important question applies to the first group - are all of these
oils basically similar and are they basically the same as "mineral oil" ,
in ( ) above [e.g., NIOSH uses the terms "mineral oil" and "paraffinic oil"
interchangably]. This is important b/c the International Agency for
Research on Cancer has identified "mineral oil, untreated and mildly
treated" as a Human Carcinogen - which would certainly change our ranking
if "mineral seal oil", "paraffin oil", "inhibited paraffin oil" and
"refined petroleum oil" are all the same!
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