WEST HYANNISPORT, Mass., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellect Plastics LLC, a client of Novak Druce + Quigg LLP attorney William Ramey III, is pleased to announce that it has signed a 5 year $30 million contract for the supply of Opflex™ The Green Stuff™ to ClearWater Technologies Inc. Opflex™ is a modified polymer foam sponge that is hydrophobic, repels and floats on water, but rapidly attracts and absorbs oil or any present hydrocarbon chemical. The captured oil can be recovered by wringing out the Opflex™ foam sponge and the material can immediately be redeployed for further absorption work.
This makes Opflex™ the most innovative, environmentally responsible, simple, effective and affordable oil removal technology in the world -- with many useful applications.
Scott Smith -- President, CEO, and owner of both Cellect Technologies LLC and Cellect Plastics LLC stated, "Since the flood of 2006 that nearly wiped out my entire polymer foam manufacturing operation in St. Johnsville, NY with oil contaminated water, I have been committed to developing a long term solution for oil removal from water and I have spent over $5 million in research and development related to a solution called Opflex™."
Smith stated, "Although Opflex™ is currently being used very successfully to clean up oil in the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon spill and is being sent to the Dalian spill in China, it was not created for this application. Opflex™ was initially designed to address the problems with storm water runoff and associated oil contamination that annually contaminates increasingly threatened water resources throughout the USA and other developed/developing nations."
Every day, many millions of vehicles constantly leak gasoline, diesel, engine oil, lubricants and coolants onto roads and parking lots. This pollution is then swept by the next rainfall into the nearest storm water drain. From there it flows -- usually untreated -- into water courses.
"Surprisingly, the greatest problem we face with environmental contamination by oil is not spills like the Exxon Valdez disaster or even the oil well catastrophe in the Gulf, but the largely unseen, insidious and constant pollution of streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands and coastal waters by oil-contaminated storm water and snow melt run-off," stated Al Dunbar, President and CEO of ClearWater Technologies, Inc.
Dunbar commented further that, "Individually such leaks from 'non-point' sources appear small, but collectively and cumulatively, they amount to a 'torrent' of oil pollution. In the USA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that 180 million gallons of oil per year escapes into the environment – an equivalency to 16 Exxon Valdez spills or one Deepwater Horizon incident per year. One quart of motor oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of water."
Most of this pollution, approximately 60 percent, comes from untreated storm water and snow melt run-off. Of all water resources in the USA, 40 percent are polluted to the extent that they are unusable for safe drinking water, fishing or swimming.
Opflex™ is unlike any other conventional white oil sorbent because it is an open celled foam, reusable/recyclable up to 100 times or more, floats on water and rapidly absorbs 32 times its own weight in oil. Opflex™ can be wrung out to recover the captured oil (which can then be placed in drums for recycling). As it is both open-celled and water-repellent, the water flows through it while Opflex™ retains the oil, making Opflex™ a true absorbent and not an adsorbent. This improves oil removal efficiency significantly when compared to all other sorbent materials.
With a density of 1.5 pounds per cubic foot, the green Opflex™ is 70% less in weight than conventional oil sorbents, not only making Opflex™ easy to handle and very buoyant - with no risk of getting water logged and sinking - but ultimately having much less carbon impact than 50 – 60 pounds per cubic foot conventional white sorbents that are used once and placed in a land fill.
About Cellect Plastics LLC
Cellect Plastics LLC, established in February 2001, is a global leader in the development and manufacture of specialty low carbon impact foams including biodegradable foams that contain a biodegradable initiator that activates in a land fill. These markets include medical and healthcare, consumer, flooring and carpet underlayment, gaskets and seals, automotive and transportation, building and construction, sports and recreation, and military and electronics packaging. Cellect Plastics LLC employs approximately 70 people and operates a manufacturing and distribution facility in St. Johnsville, New York. Cellect Plastics LLC is solely owned by Scott C Smith.
Recently Cellect Plastics LLC's Opflex™, The Green Stuff™, was approved and ordered by BP America in the Gulf of Mexico as reusable oil absorbent to aid in the cleanup of oil from the Deepwater Horizons disaster.
About Cellect Technologies LLC
Cellect Technologies LLC, established in 2006, is a global technology leader in licensing intellectual property related to polymeric materials. For information about the technology or for a license, please contact William P. Ramey, III of Novak Druce + Quigg LLP at 713-571-3400.
About ClearWater Environmental Technologies Inc.
ClearWater Environmental Technologies Inc. is a new company based in South Carolina with associates in California, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, India, China, the UK, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Israel, Ukraine, and Russia.
ClearWater's mission is to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions to global environmental problems, especially those arising from oil pollution. The company's motto is "The green solution to oil pollution!" ClearWater's President and CEO, Al Dunbar, said: "This amazing, green, eco-friendly, reusable oil absorbent foam will become one of our core products and is "green" in both color and function."
ClearWater Environmental Technologies and Al Dunbar by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax at 1-702-951-5552 and by phone at 1-803-546-5379.
SOURCE Cellect Plastics LLC