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    Posted May 20, 2010 by
    Rochester, New York
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    Oil disaster views and solutions

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    Excerpted from my article in the Huffington  Post
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    By far the most compelling idea I’ve heard about comes from a Michigan  woman named Adria Brown. Brown’s company, Recovery I Inc., has  developed and patented a product called Golden Retriever that is designed to  recover oil from water. It is  made from corn cobs. Corn cobs turn out to be  especially effective in this task, due to the fact that they are buoyant, and  the fact that they tend to spin in moving water, which exposes their entire  surface to the oil which clings readily to it. The absorption  occurs quickly, and once adhered to, the cob will remain afloat without  leaching, for over 24 hours allowing plenty of time for retrieval using skimmers. As an added benefit, the oil can be  completely recovered by centrifuge and the cobs can be reused. Brown has been  working with an extensive farm network across the Midwest, led by Feeders Grain  and Supply of Corning, Iowa, to acquire the needed materials in quantity.  Together, they have amassed a stockpile of close to 34,000 tons of material that  is ready to be deployed to the Gulf, where it can be administered using barges,  that is, as soon as someone down there asks for it. Sen. Chuck Grassley has  also been involved, helping to move the paperwork in Washington.

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