OilClean™ Bioremediation Agent Receives EPA Designation
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has listed Pro-Act Biotech’s OilClean™ bioremediation agent for oil-contaminated environments on the EPA National Contingency Plan Product Schedule.
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OilClean™ Bioremediation System Provides Monitored Oil Bioremediation for Contaminated Water and Soils
Effective and non-invasive treatment of oil polluted waste, water, and soil is now available with the automatic OilClean™ bioremediation system from Pro-Act Biotech®.
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Pro-Act and the EPA National Contingency Plan Product Schedule
Pro-Act Biotech of Warren, Rhode Island is an expert in Eco-safe, microbial remediation, otherwise known as bioremediation. The company developed a specialized oil pollution and spill treatment called OilClean. As of December 2010, the EPA listed Pro-Act (aka, OilClean with Activator) on the EPA National Contingency Plan Product Schedule.
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OilClean Beats Them All!
Based on a report published by the Society for Industrial Microbiology
and tests performed by Bio-Aquatic of Pro-Act’s OilClean
bioremediation system — OilClean significantly outperforms all other bioremediation products.
The report compares ten (10) oil spill bioremediation manufacturers: Acorn Biotechnical Corp., B&S Research, BioNutraTech, Elf Aquitaine, Enviro Zyme, Land and Sea Restoration LLC, Marine Systems, Oppenheimer Biotechnology, PetroRem, and Waste Microbes. To protect the manufacturer’s identity, each manufacturer is identified by a letter (two manufactures are excluded, classified as Oleophilic fertilizer). We then compared the report data to the OilClean test results. OilClean wins.
Small footprint. Big results.
OilClean is the ideal non-invasive treatment system for marsh and wetland ecosystems. The entire system can be implemented without additional damage to the habitat. OilClean naturally biodegrades oil and restores the ecosystem without trampling, wiping — or worse, excavation. Depending on weather and water conditions, positive results can be seen within weeks.
To demonstrate the impact of Oil Clean bioremediation treatment, we created a simulated marsh in a large aquarium. Marsh plants were soaked in crude oil for several days. The base and roots of the marsh plants are blackened with sticky oil.
Then we added several gallons of natural seawater. Much of the oil quickly dispersed into the seawater, coating the surface with thick, heavy, crude — nearly impenetrable to sunlight below.
1 Week with OilClean System
One week later it's evident that most of surface oil is gone. The water conditions have vastly improved. Below the surface, microbes have concentrated in the roots of marsh plants. The roots are noticeably cleaner — even budding new growth. On the surface foam bubbles begin to appear, evidence that healthy biological activity is occurring.
In the weeks ahead, microbes will continue to destroy the remaining oil — transforming the microscopic particles into natural, harmless carbon dioxide and water.
Miracle or wishful thinking?
Friday, August 6, 2010
An estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil have spilled into the Gulf. Officials claim that only 26% of the pollution remains. And the rest? Upon more careful examination of the data, 50% of the 4.9 million barrels of oil are still lingering in the gulf. Not to mention massive amounts of the chemical dispersant, Corexit, used to disperse roughly 8% of the spill. Natural dispersion accounted for 16%. 25% is claimed to have evaporated or dissolved.
The government went on to caution that natural or chemically dispersed oil, even in dilute amounts, could be toxic to vulnerable species. It will take decades for natural microorganisms and Mother Nature to degrade the remaining oil.
Utilizing the OilClean system, we can create an ideal environment to help indigenous and augmented microbes speed-up the biodegradation and restoration process. Based on our testing, results occur within days and weeks
— with no toxic or chemical side effects and no clean-up waste products.
It may be wishful thinking to believe the remaining oil is not a threat or nonexistent. But rest assured, if we continue to deny the facts, it will take more than decades to restore the Gulf — it might just take a miracle.
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Green and Clean. OilClean device is integral to Gulf restoration.
Pro-Act Biotech and EcoSolutions LLC have developed new self-powered OilClean devices that distribute, monitor and regulate the flow of specialized oil-eating microbes, nutrients and oxygen in oil-polluted water. Part of the OilClean system, the devices are equipped with smart sensors that continually measure water quality and automatically regulate the flow of additives to maximize remediation and restoration. Remote monitoring enabled — the devices can be supported via any web browser 24/7/365.
A Closer Look at Microbes
Two flasks were filled with equal amounts of seawater. Then equal amounts of crude oil was added to each flask.
Our specialized Eco-safe microbes and activator were added to the treatment flask (left). The control flask (right) was not altered. Both flasks were placed in an incubation unit (shaken to provide aeration). In an actual coastal or wetland habitat, aeration naturally occurs with tides, currents or with external aerators.
There is no longer an oil-like sheen in the treatment flask -- unlike control flask.
Microbes produce surfactants (similar to the chemical dispersant but natural and safe to human, animals and the environment) that dissolved some crude oil in the water. The disappearance of crude oil on the water surface results as the oil particles fuse together and cling to the glass surface.
Seven hours later, the dark ring of oil is noticably thinner in the treatment flask, as the microbes actively degrade the oil. The control flask remains the same.
As the degradation process continues, microbes are reproducing inside the flask. The speed of the degradation process depends on a number of factors such as temperature, nutrients, amount of dissolved oxygen present in the water and hydrocarbon chain length.
Five hours later, the dark ring of oil is diminishing in the treatment flask. The seawater is noticably darker due to the breakdown and dispersment of the oil in the presence of sufactants. This process is not harmful to Ecosystems unlike toxic chemical dispersants.
In less than a day of incubation, very little crude oil was visible in the treatment flask.
All natural seawater is not the same. There are many factors such as geological locations, tide and other conditions. Some oil degrading microbes exist in the Gulf water but the number is relatively low. By augmenting oil degrading microbes, we can speed up the bioremediation process and help clean up the Gulf faster.
Treatment (representation): After treatment with OilClean, the natural microbe-rich seawater will be dispersed with the flux of tides and weather, and digested by filter-feeding organisms such as crabs, shrimp and shellfish. The seawater will become decontaminated -- as it was before the oil disaster.
Without microbial treatment, the oil-devastated Gulf coast wetlands and marshes will endure for countless decades.