Matthew A. Taylor E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. Inc. Orange, Tex. Du Pont's Sabine River Works' ethylene plant in Orange, Tex., has selected a steam stripping process to remove benzene from its waste water stream. Timely completion of the project plan diverted a possible cleanup cost in excess of $100 million. The Du Pont plant was constructed in 1967 to crack feedstocks ranging from 50% ethane/50% propane to purity ethane. As shown in Fig. 1, the plant is currently cracking purity ethane in the presence of dilution steam to produce ethylene and various byproducts. The dilution steam is added to im...

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