For Immediate Release
March 10, 2011
CHRYSENE FOUND IN FLORIDA WATERS
DETECTED BY OPFLEX POM POMS & SWEEPS
Braintree, Massachussets-based Geo Labs has confirmed the presence of Chrysene in the waters in and around Perdido Key, Florida. This substance was detected and absorbed by OPFLEX POM POMS and SWEEPS (OPFLEX is listed on the EPA's National Contingency Plan) submerged near the beach just outside of Eden Condominiums on February 18th, 2011.
Geo Labs CEO, Dave Kahler stated, “We have now built a database of samples from Venice, LA to Pensacola, Florida utilizing EPA testing protocols. This is the first time we have detected Chrysene, which is most concerning as it is showing up in the water close to the beaches
in Perdido Key, Florida.”
Chrysene is listed by the EPA as a Priority Water Pollutant and, as stated by the EPA website...
"The Clean Water Act (CWA) establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States and
regulating quality standards for surface waters. The basis of the CWA was enacted in 1948 and was called the Federal Water Pollution
Control Act, but the Act was significantly reorganized and expanded in 1972. 'Clean Water Act' became the Act's common name with
amendments in 1977. Under the CWA, the EPA has implemented pollution control programs such as setting wastewater standards for
industry. We have also set water quality standards for all contaminants in surface waters."
Above is a picture of the OPFLEX with the absorbed oil contaminants that were analyzed by Geo Labs. On February 18th ABC - WEAR TV
Pensacola filmed OPFLEX CEO, Scott Smith deploying the very POM POMs and SWEEPS that detected the Chrysene and subsequently
interviewed Smith after deployment.
The interview and footage from the deployment is posted on youTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHECoDtwHXE
I took the following photos myself of the BP Slick fires at sea where thousands of barrels of crude oil were burned. JLW