Coast Guard validates
use of Smart Sponge
Aug 30, 2010 10:10 AM
AbTech Industries Inc, creator of the EPA-approved Smart Sponge water filtration technology, announced that its passive skimmer, absorbent boom, and portable filtration applications have been scientifically and peer-reviewed by the US Coast Guard and were deemed potentially beneficial to the Deepwater Horizon Response effort. That designation has been forwarded by the US Coast Guard to BP and Deepwater Horizonís Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC) for final contract consideration.
AbTech has also formed strategic relationships with scale-up, manufacturing, engineering, and deployment partners in order to build immediate, large-scale response capabilities. In conjunction with BBG Restoration LLC, a company formed to meet the near- and long-term recovery efforts in the Gulf, AbTech is able to meet rapid mass deployment needs to protect vital coastal waters. BBG Restoration is financially backed by Starwood Energy Group Global LLC, a private equity firm focused on energy and power-related investments, and has the support of environmentalist Robert F Kennedy Jr.
Clarus Capital has committed a donation of AbTechís Smart Sponge products in excess of $100,000 to support crucial oil spill recovery efforts being carried out by Louisianaís Plaquemines Parish.
Smart Sponge is a patented technology designed to filter, absorb, encapsulate, and solidify petroleum hydrocarbons on contact, yielding immediate, visible results; helping to mitigate environmental damage; and providing direct and sustainable recovery for local Gulf region communities. Each unit of Smart Sponge absorbs, on average, 3.5 times its weight in oil, which it will not release under any amount of pressure. Smart Sponge absorbent material is buoyant, non-toxic, and can be burned as a waste-to-energy fuel source.
In addition to traditional oil spill remediation technologies including booms and skimmers, Smart Sponge is available in several filtration system applications, including portable filtration boxes that can be fitted to any size boat.
For more information, visit www.abtechindustries.com.
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