Los Cerritos Wetlands Implement New Oil-Absorbing and Trash-Barricading Booms

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The Los Cerritos Wetlands have recently implemented new hydrocarbon-absorbing foam barriers in Alamitos Bay near the AES Power Plant that allows for the unmanned cleanup of oil-polluted runoff and increased efficiency in trash cleanup. As soon as the booms are rotated and replaced, 97 percent of collected oil can be removed from Long Beach waters, extracted from the foam barrier and recycled for reuse.

The new technology is provided through a partnership between Los Cerritos Wetlands advocate and champion Lenny Arkinstall, his community organization Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards and Southern California green-tech company, Advanced Innovative Recovery Technologies Incorporated or AIR TECH.

“Driving down 7th street in Long Beach, you look at the curbs and all you see is more and more trash that ends up in our water,” said Arkinstall. “And when it rains? You can see the oil runoff coming from the LA River into the bay.”

The partnership is the first of its kind in the State of California for the use of revolutionary oil-absorption products that have just recently been introduced to commercial and environmental marketplaces earlier this year. The partnership is endorsed by U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of the 46th District, 4th District Long Beach City Councilman Patrick O’Donnell and Lake Forest Mayor Pro Tem Scott Voigts.

“This is an innovative solution and product, as well as a great partnership with the Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards, ” O’Donnell said. “I look forward to seeing the future applications for this product, as we strive to improve water quality and increase recreational opportunities.”

A third party report from S & N Labs that analyzed a segment of the foam boom placed in the Los Cerritos Wetlands stated the following in confirmation of extracted hydrocarbons, silicon and oil:

“All extracts showed the presence of the flame retardant and the used foam showed both a series of semi-volatile silicones and a petroleum oil. These cyclic silicones were estimated at 730 μg/g (wet weight) or about 1500 mg/m 2 . The petroleum oil was estimated at 150 μg/g (wet weight) or about 300 mg/m2.”

With now 2 foam booms deployed in channels one and two in Los Alamitos Bay, Arkinstall is looking for other oceanic locations in Long Beach that will help keep the water cleaner from oil, litter and debris. Organizations and individuals interested in partnering with AIR TECH for other environmental projects can contact the company through its website: www.smartfoampads.com.

Advanced Innovative Recovery Technologies Incorporated was created in 2010 in response to British Petroleum’s Gulf Oil Spill. Its premier innovation, Smart Foam, is used for multiple sustainable cleaning products including Smart Foam Booms and Smart Foam Oil Absorption pads and currently is commercially contracted with BNSF Railway. More information can be found at www.smartfoampads.com.


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