SOURCE: Polychem

May 07, 2010 15:51 ET

Polychem Dispersit a Better Answer to the Gulf Spill

CHESTNUT RIDGE, NY--(Marketwire - May 7, 2010) -  U.S. Polychemical Corp has been an expert in the field of cleaning oil discharges and spills without negatively affecting the wildlife. Wildlife is exactly what is being ignored with the current oil dispersant chemistry being discharged into the Gulf. Currently the spill is being contained by the use of the chemical solvent Corexit 9500.

Polychem's own product, Dispersit, ( a water-based surfactant product used to clean up oil spills, has shown a significant reduction in the harm caused to both human and aquatic life. The other approved dispersant products like the Corexit 9500 are formulated with petroleum mineral spirits used as dilutents. In responding to an oil spill, these products introduce more petroleum into an already environmentally impacted area. Polychem's Dispersit is a unique blend of water, water-soluble surfactants and a coupling co-solvent, which is more effective than petroleum based alternatives. It does not pose the threats that petroleum dispersants do to human health.

So what's the problem? Selecting the Polychem product over the petroleum product seems to be a no-brainer. President of the Marine Division of U.S. Polychemical Corp, Bruce Gebhardt feels that "this is the way we've always done it" syndrome may be at work here. The newer, non-petro technology has already received the highest honor by the EPA and has been proven to far exceed the oil encapsulating abilities of the Exxon product by almost twice! BP has recently acquired small amounts of the Polychem Dispersit for additional testing but as Bruce and the rest of the world feel, "Time is of the essence!"

Polychem already has a partnership with the DfE (Design for the Environment) division of the EPA for a biodegradable solvent replacement product (Acrastrip®) which is used in all paint and coatings markets including Military, general industrial, and automotive. Acrastrip is designed for cleaning paints and composite resins using non-hazardous and recyclable technology.

Although much has been done to contain the oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico since the April 20th Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig explosion, the environmental and economic impact are already devastating. What is really known about the chemicals that are being used in the clean up and their long-term effect on the environment? Gebhardt and the entire team at U.S. Polychemical can get to the heart of the issues explaining the differences between the products currently being used and their environmental impacts.

Polychem is committed to responding to spills in a timely way, with the least environmental impact and is standing by for the orders from BP in order to help. Established in 1956, U.S. Polychemical Corporation provides the electronic, aerospace, metal working, plastics, military, recreational and automotive industries with hazardous solvent replacement chemicals and equipment. 

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