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FW: Petroleum Distillates - What's What?
> Dear Leif,
For this query, try the CRC (Chemical Rubber Comapny, I think) Handbook of
Chemistry and Physics, Chemical Abstract Numbers from the American Chemical
Society (www.asc.org), and/or Merck Index.
Jo Anne Hollash
PA DEP - OPPCA 15th FL, RCSOB
P. O. Box 8772 Harrisburg, PA 17105-8772
Voice 717-787-0121 Fax 717-783-2703
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> Subject: Petroleum Distillates - What's What?
> 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 classification.
> The specific questions revolve around the following ingredients:
> paraffin oil inhibited
> parafffin oil
> mineral seal oil (mineral oil)
> refined petroleum oil
> light aliphatic naphtha petroleum distillates
> aliphatic naphtha
> light aromatic naphtha
> petroleum distillates aliphatic petroleum
> 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!
> Leif Magnuson U.S. EPA Region IX P2 Program
> 75 Hawthorne St. San Francisco, CA 94107
> tel (415) 744-2153 fax (415) 744-1680