Like the cyanide oxidation process, the control point of the chrome reduction reaction is also monitored by an OR electrode combined with a reference electrode. Environmental engineers should carefully review published control point values for this process to ascertain the reference electrode used. If a standard hydrogen electrode is the basis rather than an industrial-type electrode, such as the Ag-AgCl (1M KCl) electrode, the reported values must be corrected by about — 235 mV. Table 7.41.5 lists the approximate endpoint ORP values at the pH levels shown. The endpoint (equivalence point) and control point are not usually the same as shown by the Fe2+/Ce4+ and cyanide examples (see Figure 7.41.1).
Wastewater treatment facilities should titrate each waste stream individually with the reagent to establish the correct control point value and verify the results by chemical analysis to make sure that the hexavalent chrome has been reduced to the required level.
The precipitation reactions in Table 7.41.4 show lime, Ca(OH) 2, as the hydroxide source. Figure 7.41.6 shows the pH dependence of this reaction. The trivalent chromium concentration in solution is at a minimum at a pH of 9. Sodium hydroxide is equally acceptable as the precipitating reagent. On the basis of reagent cost, lime is the most economic; however, sodium hydroxide, especially if purchased at a prepared concentration, minimizes the reagent handling equipment requirement.
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