New Product Helps Protect Oceans from Runoff Pollution

New ‘Oil Gone Easy’ reduces oil pollution from cars, trucks and boats

By Megan Webb

According to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, a staggering 80 percent of pollution to the marine environment comes from land-based sources such as runoff pollution. Runoff pollution comes from many sources including cars, trucks and boats.

The Facts about Runoff Pollution
Millions of motor vehicle engines make daily, one-drop-at-a-time “oil spills” onto roads and parking lots that add significantly to runoff pollution. Non-point source pollution, commonly called runoff pollution, can make river and ocean water unsafe for humans and wildlife. In some areas, runoff pollution can even cause beaches to be closed after rainstorms. In 1992, for example, beaches were closed or advisories were issued against swimming some 3,000 times.

Drinking water supplies can be contaminated by polluted runoff, as can coastal waters containing valuable fish stocks. Experts think there is a link between agricultural runoff and water-borne organisms that cause lesions and death in fish. Humans who come in contact with these polluted waters and affected fish can also experience harmful symptoms. In fact, more than one-third of the nation’s shellfish-growing waters are adversely affected by coastal pollution.

Correcting the harmful effects of runoff pollution is costly. Each year, millions of dollars are spent to restore and protect areas damaged or endangered by non-point source pollutants.

Problems with Removing Petroleum Stains
Up until now, it’s been difficult to eliminate oil spills. The rags and sand–or kitty litter–that is dumped on spills doesn’t actually eliminate the hydrocarbon contamination nor does it remove the stain.  In addition, the end product from using rags and dumping sand or kitty litter is actually a hazardous product that many landfills do not accept.

Using Bio-Remediation to Remove Petroleum Stains
Bio-remediation is a natural process employed at oil spill sites that breaks bacteria fuels down into harmless by-products like water. New products are available now that speed up this process.

Bio-remediation is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, oil-spill tested and is an environmentally friendly method for breaking down hydrocarbons. It is now available to consumers.

Bio-Remediation with Oil Gone Easy
With new Oil Gone Easy, consumers can take responsibility for cleaning up their individual oil, gas and diesel spills on their driveways and soil to aid in the reduction of this major source of ocean pollution.

Up until now, cleaning up an oil stain forced most people to use noxious chemicals that merely make the problem worse.  And the stain almost never went away.

Oil Gone Easy is proven to work for oil spills, as it was the product used to help clean up the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska and other spills on land.  A natural, bio-remediation product, Oil Gone Easy is now available by the quart, 5-gallon bucket and 55-gallon drum to safely clean oil-stained driveways, concrete, garages and soil.

Oil Gone Easy S-200 uses special nutrients to attract microbes to the spill, which then break the oil down into water. Oil Gone Easy S-200 “recruits” local bacteria to work on the oil stain and its liquid form encapsulates the fuel spill immediately, preventing it from evaporating (or even washing away in rain) or seeping further into the ground. It also promptly eliminates the petrochemical odor and biodegrades quickly after completely removing the oil spot.

For more information about Oil Gone Easy visit www.oilgoneeasy.com.

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