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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. 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 and either eliminates the need for additional remediation or takes a considerable amount of time and costly labor required to finished the remediation, lowering the overall cost of total remediation.
Oil Solutions removes odor on contact, binds the hydrocarbons on contact and if soil is contaminated, it can also be treated and then a sample 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, great savings can be seen in hazardous waste handling and disposal due to the non-hazardous nature of the resulting microencapsulated residue.
OS Powder absorbs 13x 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 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 at a 1-1-1 ratio for it 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.
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 also 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 Steps may be accelerated by mixing the two solutions together with the spill. Once Step 2 is applied the micro-encapsulation is complete and the spill is non-leachable within the silica material. It is best to let it 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 read the question about cleaning a spill on soil.
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 with rain water, leave in soil or leave under a residential oil tank.
OS POWDER: This 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 is EPA Listed to be thrown away in a Class C landfill.
To completely clean the area, a wire or stiff brush, will work. If over a larger area washing down with a hose or a power washer will also work.
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. For a few dollars from a hardware store, an inexpensive 1-5 gallon hand pressurized pump will cover a large area.
After the hydrocarbon remediation is complete, the microorganism can remain dormant for a long time until a stimulus may possibly cause it to disrupt certain parts of a food chain.
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? Bioremediation has many advantages, but these questions and other concerns are usually not addressed.
The resultant silica (sand) matrix effectively locks the hazardous components in to 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 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 effectively contact 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.