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    A sad article that reflects some of the sufferring in regards to the pollution:


    BUGS Offers Patented Technology to Katrina-Impacted State Agencies; Technology Could Help Clean Up Soil and Groundwater Contamination

    September 12, 2005 09:15:03 (ET)

    CARLSBAD, Calif., Sep 12, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- U.S. Microbics, Inc. (BUGS, Trade) today announced its subsidiary, Sub Surface Waste Management of Delaware, Inc. (SSWM, Trade), has contacted the environmental State agencies for Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi offering to donate the use of its patented water treatment technology, Bio-GAC(TM) (Patent No: US 6,905,603 B2) for the treatment of toxic waste streams such as those caused by Hurricane Katrina.

    Robert Brehm, CEO of U.S. Microbics, stated, "These State agencies will be faced with an enormous number of sites requiring cleanup of both surface water and groundwater resources impacted by toxics released during the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Our companies are prepared to help the state agencies by providing this cost-effective, state-of-the-art treatment solution immediately under a royalty free technology license together with discounted engineering technical support and microbial products for use at critical contaminated sites. We will inform our shareholders on any and all interest response received from these State agencies on this treatment technology offer."

    Bio-GAC(TM) is a patented water and air vapor waste stream treatment process that uses granular activated charcoal (GAC) as a filtration medium in a specially engineered process container to support live microbial products (bugs) specifically selected to degrade toxic pollutants such as those encountered in the Katrina disaster. The resulting treated effluent can in most cases be safely discharged to rivers, lakes and streams under both Federal and State regulations. The process can be used on a continual basis without replacing the GAC, thereby saving time, money and treating more toxics quickly, a key consideration for cleaning up contaminated water and soil caused by hurricane disasters.

    For further information about U.S. Microbics and its technology companies, contact Bob Brehm at 760-918-1860 x102 or email at [email protected] or visit the website at http://bugsatwork.com.
    Last edited by Peaser01; 09-15-2005, 04:52 PM.

  • #2
    I contacted the EPA the other day about cleaning up Lake Ponchatrain. This is the response that I got from Gerald J. Filbin, Ph.D., Director:


    Mr. ........:

    Thank you very much for your email note regarding the situation
    on the
    Gulf Coast and in particular in New Orleans and Lake
    Ponchatrain. I
    share your concerns that the impact on Lake Ponchatrain will be
    and that its recovery may take a considerable amount of time
    effort. As you've probably seen on the news over the weekend,
    the EPA
    Regional Office (Region 6) and the Office of Water national
    office have a number of people in New Orleans and the other
    parishes who are there to assess the impacts. Preliminary
    indicates that there may be substantial problems with coliform
    bacteria, petroleum and other chemical residues and lead. EPA
    monitoring the water for over 100 priority pollutants.

    Because the need to remove the hazard from the city and
    parishes to protect human health is so dire, EPA has allowed the
    contaminated water to be pumped back into the lake. There
    appear to be
    no other alternatives for removing this volume of water. I
    think the
    hope is that natural processes in the Lake will break down
    some of
    the chemical contaminants before they are released into the
    gulf, but I
    think everyone acknowledges that at least for the present time
    will be serious problems and hazards in Lake Ponchatrain. The
    Regional office is working very hard to assess those conditions
    advise the public about the hazards

    I'm not sure what may be under discussion with regard to
    treating the
    water in Lake Ponchatrain before it is released to the gulf.
    I expect
    that it would be costly and logistically difficult. Lake
    water is already discharging into the gulf and some of the
    contamination, no doubt is moving with it. It seems at the
    that the hope is that natural ecological processes and dilution
    of the
    pumped water, both in Lake Ponchatrain and out in the gulf will
    adequately mitigate the problem over time. I think that as
    assessments continue we may have additional information to
    guide us
    toward any additional steps. The driver at the moment is
    safe conditions as quickly as possible for the people of New
    and the surrounding area. One of the priority steps for that
    will be to
    restore sanitary and drinking water treatment as quickly as
    possible. I
    suspect that building new infrastructure to treat the lake
    water before
    it discharges into the gulf might severely challenge the
    available to get sanitary and drinking water treatment back on

    I wish I had a better answer.

    Jerry Filbin

    Gerald J. Filbin, Ph.D., Director
    Innovative Pilots Division (1807T)
    Office of Policy, Economics and Innovation
    US Environmental Protection Agency
    1200 Pennsylvania, Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20460

    202-566-2211 FAX
    ----- Forwarded by Gerald Filbin/DC/USEPA/US on 09/12/2005 12:41


    Lake Ponchatrain Clean Up

    My question is, How is Lake Ponchatrain going to get cleaned up
    they finish pumping all of this toxic materials in it? Has
    thought of who is going to clean it up?


    The response that I received was somewhat disturbing to me. Hoping a problem will dissappear on it's own is negligence to me.
    Last edited by Peaser01; 09-18-2005, 02:40 AM.


    • #3
      As of Monday Sept 12th:

      FEMA already is sending more than $100 million to reimburse the city for recovery expenses, and the city is close to signing a number of contracts for the work, Nagin said. The city


      • #4
        Well at least they are not stopping the recovery attempt and water pumping due to some silly marsh mosquito, barn owl, or tit-mouse breeding ground. Mother Nature takes care of itself and adjusts quite well on her own and has for several years now.

        How pompous is it that man thinks he can AND SHOULD stop Mother Nature from doing what she does naturally?
        Do you realize that in about 40 years, we'll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos?
        Common sense... the LEAST COMMON of all of the senses.
        Why are hemorrhoids called "hemorrhoids" instead of "assteroids"?


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