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Case Study: Diesel fuel removal from retention pond

Supplier: CI Agent Solutions
13 December, 2010

A tractor trailer driving through a Wal-Mart parking lot in Shelbyville, Kentucky struck a light pole mounted in concrete rupturing the truck’s fuel tank.

Approximately 150 gallons of diesel fuel was released onto the parking lot and into a retention area that discharges into a large creek. Approximately 4 miles of creek was affected by this release. C.I.Agent Granules and C.I.Agent Marine Booms were placed at the entrance and exit of the retention area. C.I.Agent Quick Deployment Booms and C.I.Agent Sheen Booms were placed at several locations in the creek. The last C.I.Agent Sheen Boom was placed approximately 4 miles from the spill site. Once all booms were in place the local fire department flowed about 1,000 gallons of water to flush the drains and float the diesel fuel into the awaiting booms.

C.I. Agent Costs Comparison

  • C.I. Agent
    • Clean Up Period: 8 hours
    • Materials: 40 lbs of C.I. Agent Granules, 8 C.I. Agent Marine Pillows, 4 C.I. Agent Sheen Booms, 6 C.I. Agent Quick Deployment Booms
    • Product Retrieved: 150 gallons of diesel fuel
    • Waste: approximately 500 lbs of diesel fuel
    • Total Cost: $11,272
  • Conventional Method (had they not used C.I. Agent)
    • Total Cost: $16,372 (estimate)

Benefit Summary: Client experienced $5,100 reduction in clean up cost by using C.I.Agent
Products instead of the conventional vacuum truck option. An added benefit of C.I.Agent is its ability to solidify the hydrocarbon without having to process any water. It also renders the material non-hazardous which allows the C.I.Agent solidified product to be either placed in a landfill, recycled into plastic products, or blended with asphalt.