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printech, October, 2001
Kerosene Recycle


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From: Gary Jones (gjonesprinting@aol.com )
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 11:41:46


Since kerosene is considered a hydrocarbon blend I would say that it could be recycled via simple distillation. However, because it is a hydrocarbon blend, distilling it may change the recovered material to the point that it may not have the same solvency characteristics as the original blend. You would have to experiment and since kerosene is a "distillate cut" of refined oil, its composition will vary from batch to batch. 

On a different note, why are you using kerosene to clean your press? Kerosene is not a lithographic friendly chemical. It is not recommended for use as a cleaner due to a variety of reasons. The principal problem is that it has an oily residue that can interfere in ink transfer and cause plate desensitizing problems, swells rubber, and leaches plasticizer from rubber causing premature wear. It has an odor that can cause indoor air quality problems and may have some detrimental health effects, depending upon route of exposure and dose. For more information on the health effects see:

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts75.html
http://ntp-server.niehs.nih.gov/htdocs/LT-studies/tr310.html
http://ntp-server.niehs.nih.gov/htdocs/CHEM_H&S/NTP_Chem8/Radian8008-20-6.html http://www.ilo.org/public/english/protection/safework/cis/products/icsc/dtasht /_icsc06/icsc0663.htm
http://www.state.nj.us/health/eoh/rtkweb/1091.pdf



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