Chemical Characterization of Various Oil Sands Substrates

Chris Powter
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This report is a condensed version of two reports on the chemistry of a variety of oil sands substrates from Syncrude, Suncor, OSLO and SolvEx. The study was conducted by EnviroTest Laboratories for RRTAC, Syncrude, Suncor and OSLO. Page 2 of the report identifies the source of the various samples. Data are provided for: • The raw sample; • Leachate from the raw sample (using the TCLP - Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure of the US Environmental Protection Agency); and • The leached solid. Inorganic analytical data are given for the raw sample and the leachate. Organic analytical data (gravimetric and GCIFID) are provided for all three substrates for various fractions (acid, base/neutral) as well as for targeted priority pollutant polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH's) and target substituted PAH's. The GC/FID chromatograms were provided in the original data but are not presented here. The chromatograms indicated a wide of compounds were present in the samples following example). Some of the samples were also analyzed for non-target organic chemicals. Only those samples where identifiable compounds were quantified are presented.