July 2000

Environment

Are spent hydrocracking catalysts listed hazardous wastes?

The author discusses critical points from the U.S. EPA’s memorandum regarding spent ‘dual purpose’ catalysts

Rapaport, D., Jerome Headlands Press, Inc.

A recent memorandum by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clarifies that spent catalysts resulting from "dual purpose" hydroprocessing reactors are hazardous waste. The improper classification of such catalysts could become a litigious nightmare for refiners. The author provides insight into the definitions in the EPA regulations that refiners must follow when determining how spent hydroprocessing catalysts should be classified.   Spent catalysts from "dual process" units - third memorandum issued    

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