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Everything from the cost, to environmental impact to decisions that may only cost money upfront and still require remediation expenses in the future, should be addressed when developing a remediation strategy. Oil Solutions is a tested remediation solution. Each application of OS Powder or OS Step 1/ Step 2, is a step in the remediation process that either eliminates the need for additional remediation or reduces a considerable amount of time and costly labor required to finished the remediation, resulting in a lower cost of total remediation.
Oil Solutions removes odor on contact, binds hydrocarbons on contact and treats any contaminated soil associated with the spill. A soil sample can be taken and tested locally for a small charge to determine if further remediation is necessary.
-poses no health or respiratory threat to workers.
-non-hazardous and non-toxic to the environment.
-can be used on any solid surface or water.
-can be swept away, thrown away or washed away.
Ideal for medium to large spills on runways, aprons, maintenance areas, and fueling transfer areas.
-Gasoline Diesel Motor Oils.
-Crude Oil Automotive Fluids Hydraulic Fluids.
-Kerosene Jet Fuel Paints and solvents
Compared to existing methods of remediation, Oil Solutions is cost-effective in hazardous waste handling and disposal due to the non-hazardous nature of the resulting microencapsulated residue.
OS Powder absorbs 13 times its weight. Begin to apply the powder by the handful. As it absorbs the spill it will turn the color of the spill. Continue to apply more powder until the spill is fully absorbed. Any unused powder or slightly absorbed powder can be saved and reused on an additional spill. OS Step 1 / Step 2 MUST be applied in 1-1-1 ratio to fully remediate the spill, odor or stain. For a one gal spill, one gallon of OS Step 1 and one gallon of OS Step 2 must be used to treat the spill.
OS Step 1 / Step 2:
-Step 1 is a non-hazardous liquid that will react within seconds to the hydrocarbon spill. It will turn the spill clear and eliminate the odor.
-Step 2 is a non-hazardous liquid that is applied as a curing agent and immediately following the application of Step 1, it will create a solid residue.
-The solid residue after applying both Step 1 and Step 2 may be accelerated by combining the two solutions together with the spill. When Step 2 is applied the micro-encapsulation is complete and the spill is non-leachable within the silica material. It is best to let the spill material dry to form a white powder.
If the spill occurred on a porous surface, clean up the residue from the first attempt, and repeat the process. If the spill occurred in soil, please refer to the “How is a spill remediated in soil or aggregate material?”.
OS Step 1 / Step 2 : The resulting silica is 40-45% by volume solid silica and 55-60% water. Both the solid residue and the water achieve a neutral pH. The residue is non-leachable, non-extractable and does not retain any of the encapsulated hydrocarbon characteristics, such as toxicity. It is safe to leave on site, enter the sewers, wash away with rain water, leave in the soil or leave under a residential oil tank.
OS POWDER: OS Powder is listed with the U.S. EPA under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan. It is also non-leachable and non-hazardous. It will not absorb water and will float indefinitely until collected. On the molecular level, the contaminants that OS Powder cleaned up are micro-encapsulated and are EPA listed to be disposed of in a Class C landfill.
To clean the area, use a wire or stiff brush, to brush the powder off. If cleaning a larger area use a hose or a power.
The product can be poured straight from the bottle and spread with a broom or mop.
It can also be poured into a watering can for greater coverage area.
For larger spills over a large surface or on grass, soil or on walls, a pressurized pump sprayer works best to ensure contact is made on the entire spill site. A 1-5 gallon hand pressurized pump from a hardware store will cover a large area.
After the bioremediation is complete, the microorganism can remain in an active state for a long time until a stimulus enables it to exit dormancy and possibly cause disruption in certain parts of a food chain.
Although bioremediation has advantages, many questions and concerns have not been addressed. such as:
What is the long-term effect of the residual microorganisms used in bioremediation? As the hydrocarbon food source is consumed from introducing microorganisms to a hydrocarbon spill, the microorganism activity drastically decreases. What is the level of residual hydrocarbon at that point? What other toxins could be created from the microorganism activity under less than ideal conditions?
Since oxygen is required for bioremediation, what are the effects in creating an oxygen deficient environment in a closed space?
The resultant silica (sand) matrix effectively locks the hazardous components into a stable, environmentally friendly, sand-like residue that may be left in place without the need for expensive oil spill remediation activities.
OFF-SITE: Remediation on excavated contaminated soil or aggregate material is achieved by using an appropriate mixing device with liquid spray application capabilities. High-speed mixing equipment such as a pug mill provides turbulent mixing to ensure effective contact of the contaminant with the solution.
Spraying 1-5 percent by weight of soil with each Oil Solutions Step 1 / Step 2 product typically satisfies regulatory requirements.