Calls the Use of Clay “A Silent Menace”
Stating that the “vast majority of states continue to use Clay-based products for cleaning up oil spills on land and in garages, in contravention to Federal Law and in many cases their own laws.” Former state Senator and nominee for Governor in NH, Wayne King who is currently CEO of MOP Environmental Solutions, Inc. – today called on states to take action to ban products containing clay because of rampant misuse.
King said that the misuse of clay is a national problem and that enforcement of even exiting laws regarding its disposal are ignored because states know that they themselves are violating those same statutes on a daily basis. “The States need to set an example for their business community by either abiding by the law and disposing of clay as a hazardous waste or moving to a more sustainable solution that does not cause widespread problems associated with oil contamination.”
King announced that MOP, a manufacturer of oil spill cleanup and other sustainable environmental solutions, would commission a national survey of states to determine the full extent of clay use by State and local government agencies.
“Contrary to what the manufactures of clay-based oil spill products want us to believe clay does NOT absorb oil, instead clay causes oil to cling lightly to the outside of its individual particles, easily releasing it to the environment if it is not cleaned up and disposed as a hazardous waste. Its use is a Silent Menace to our efforts to avoid oil contamination of groundwater.
Manufacturer’s skirt the law by placing an innocuous statement on their packaging stating that laws governing the disposal of oil contaminated absorbents vary from state to state and that consumers should check their local regulations. Yet EPA standards (commonly referred to as the “Paint Filter Test”) clearly state that any product that easily gives up the oil absorbed requires disposal as a hazardous waste – a far more expensive process. Clay products should be labeled properly to make it clear that Hazardous Waste Disposal is Required for Clay-based absorbents.
MOP’s own oil sorbents, Maximum Oil Pickup 201, 301 and 401 are among a fairly sizeable selection of safe, sustainable and non-toxic alternatives. “While we are proud to say that our sorbents (a general term for both adsorbents and absorbents) are the most cost-effective and performance-efficient on the market, there are other alternatives as well, many of which - like MOP - are made from non-toxic, recycled products and can safely be disposed as a standard solid waste because they will hold the oil in their matrix long enough for bio-degradation to take place without causing harm to the environment.
King hopes that consumers will take notice even before Governments move to ban clay based absorbents and begin making the environmentally sustainable choice themselves immediately. “Clay is as much as 10 times heavier and far less efficient than MOP or other safe products,” King said. “This makes it far more expensive to use on a pound for pound basis. If properly disposed at a hazardous waste facility, the cost of clay will be up to 10 times more than other alternatives. Citizens can strike a blow for the environment and their wallets by boycotting clay-based products themselves right now and demand that state and local governments themselves come into compliance with the law.”
“Clay is fine for cats, NOT for oil” said King, while there are more sustainable solutions to using clay in the cat box as well, we don’t worry about pollution from the cat litter box. Oil contamination is another matter entirely. “One gallon of oil, improperly disposed can contaminate 1 million gallons of water. That’s a serious danger to our groundwater resources nationwide.
MOP Environmental Solutions, Inc. (MOPN) is a publicly traded company. MOP Maximum Oil Pickup is a "cradle-to-cradle" green product that is the most effective oil spill recovery system on the market. MOP Manufactures consumer sized oil-spill absorbents as well as commercial size products.
MOP is an aggressive oleophilic and hydrophobic (oil attracting and water repelling) sorbent made from recycled and fully biodegradable materials, manufactured using small-scale hydroelectric green energy. MOP’s properties are such that it can effectively deal with an oil spill the size of the Exxon Valdez in a 24 hour period, but is just as effective at cleaning up the spill off a garage floor.
Their website is www.MOPEnvironmental.com
Forward-looking statements in this news release are pursuant to safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Investors are cautioned that statements in this release are not strictly historical statements, including without limitation, management's plans and objectives for future operations, assessment of market factors, statements regarding strategy, company plans and its strategic partners. These constitute forward-looking statements, are not guarantees of the company's future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties, such as funding for machinery and materials, success in acquiring customers, maintaining needed government relationships, and successfully executing a business plan, which could cause the company's actual future results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements.