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Oil Spill and Prevention

Offshore Oil & Gas fields are looking to advances in engineering and

technology to meet the challenges of offshore exploration, drilling, and

production. New offshore oil & gas exploration and production efforts

are being deployed globally with many occurring in South America,

Africa, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Produced water is still a complex

undertaking often requiring secondary and tertiary polishing depending

on the well depth, organics present, formation characteristics, production

techniques, shut-ins, and chemical additives.

Technology: AbTech’s Smart Sponge technology is at the heart of its

product innovation. Its unique molecular structure is based on innovative

polymer technologies that are chemically selective to hydrocarbons and

can reduce bacteria levels. Smart Sponge fully encapsulates recovered

oil, resulting in a substantially more effective response that prevents

absorbed oil from leaching. It is also capable of removing low levels of oil

from water, thereby successfully removing sheen. In addition, the Smart

Sponge® remains buoyant in calm or agitated water, permitting it to remain

in place until fully saturated and resulting in no wasted product.

Performance: Smart Sponge meets all regulatory discharge requirements down

to less than 10 ppm oil in water and also removes sheen. The technology boasts

high hydrocarbon removal efficiency and absorption capability. The unique polymer

technology also allows the media to be shaped into any shape or size based on the application’s needs. 

Products incorporating Smart Sponge technology are non- mechanical, do not require structural changes to stormwater systems and are easily installed and maintained. Products such as the Ultra-Urban Filter with Smart Sponge® fit into most existing catch basins. The Smart Sponge technology is deployed in products that offer customized solutions for stormwater pollution prevention, oil spill response, process water filtration and other industrial applications to meet specific environmental needs.


AbTech Industries offers an extensive product line that is upgradeable to meet evolving community needs and regulatory requirements.

  • Chemically selective to hydrocarbons

  • Capable of removing up to 3 times its own weight in hydrocarbons

  • Removes or reduces sheen

  • Does not leak or leech

  • Registered with the EPA (EPA Registration #86256-1)

  • Capable of transforming hydrocarbons into a stable solid per EPA’s Toxicity  Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP)

  • Capable of remaining completely buoyant after being saturated with hydrocarbons

  • Meets or exceeds Best Management Practices (BMP)

  • Does not require modification of existing structures

  • Effective in fresh or salt water temperatures ranging from 32F to 130F


Disposal Options

As local conditions, product use, and exposure can vary widely, the end user must determine the most appropriate disposal method for a spent Smart Sponge or Smart Sponge Plus product. However Smart Sponge samples saturated with hydrocarbons both in the lab and in the field have been tested according to the EPA’s Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (“TCLP”). These tests show that Smart Sponge is a “non-leaching” (i.e., non-detect or “N.D.”) product. As a result, Smart Sponge technology can afford many cost effective and environmentally friendly disposal options. The following waste disposal and resource recovery industries have accepted spent Smart Sponge® products for disposal and/or recycling. 

Waste-to-Energy Facilities - A specialized segment of the solid waste industry has used spent Smart Sponge as an alternative fuel in the production of electricity. WTE is acknowledged at the federal level as a renewable energy source under the Federal Power Act, Title IV of the Clean Air Act and is a participant in the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Program. 

Cement Kilns - This industry has used the spent Smart Sponge as an alternative fuel in the production process of Portland Cement. This process is considered a beneficial reuse of waste products. The BTU value of spent Smart Sponge is consistently above the average acceptable levels set for this high temperature. 

Landfills - As discussed above, spent Smart Sponge products have been classified as a solid waste and have been accepted at Subtitle D Landfills

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