Carefully Combating Contaminated Parcels of Land

Dust Mitigation

A very real environmental danger is the development and/or discovery of a contaminated ecological site. In extreme cases, these plots of land are labeled as a Superfund site, which is becoming an epidemic of sorts throughout the United States. After years of environmental improprieties by business entities and/or property owners, Superfund sites – uncontrolled or abandoned parcels of polluted land – are hazardous to the local ecology and the health of people living near or associated with the contaminated site.

If a property has been labeled as a Superfund site it’s due to the fact that it’s been “discovered” and the federal government has stepped in and called for remedial action.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a Superfund site as: any land in the United States that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified by the EPA as a candidate for cleanup because it poses a risk to human health and/or the environment. These sites are placed on the National Priorities List (NPL).

If you’re feeling adventurous, or are just curious, you can search a database to find Superfund sites throughout the country by entering any state here.

What does all this mean? Well, from one vantage point, it means that there are countless other areas of harmful contamination that haven’t been found, and/or are being handled at the state or local (town) level.

So, whether they’re being combatted by EPA initiatives or by a local/state source, contaminated sites need to be handled with care. Stirring up the earth in or directly around a tainted property can cause even more harm if not thoroughly thought out prior to attack. For instance, when you start physically moving earth, it’s just plain common sense, that soil particles, contained gasses, embedded molds, asbestos remnants, and other environmentally compromising matter may take to the air, or, further, find their way into the watershed given certain agitations. Entering the air or water poses serious threat to the health of the surrounding population and eco-environment.

Enter Global Environmental Services (GES). When careful and strategical prepping to properly remediate a contaminated parcel of land is required, GES has scientifically proven products and application technologies are best suited for the job, best suited for the environment as well. That’s at the core of our mission. Literally.

We’ve successfully provided product such as our DirtGlue line of products that work very well at containing contaminated material either permanently onsite (when and where appropriate), or that can be used to contain the contaminated material (dust prevention and sediment/erosion prevention) as the material is being moved or removed for remediation.

So, whether you’re a representative or contractor working on a government sanctioned Superfund site, or you’ve been faced with the task of tackling a similar situation on the state and/or local level, keep GES in mind when it comes to bringing successful project goals for a less than desirable circumstance, to fruition. We’re here to help: For the earth, with the earth in mind.

Traditional Environmental Techniques: An Antique Auto

Equestrian Dust Control

Porsche is a legendary brand. The company traces its roots to the 1940’s when an aging Ferdinand Porsche developed his namesake car. A talented automotive engineer, and founder of the Porsche car company – he is best known for creating the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle the Lohner-Porsche, developed in 1894 and marketed from 1900 – 1905 – the Volkswagen Beetle, the Mercedes-Benz SS/SSK, and several other important developments in addition to his famous Porsche automobiles. Porsche also designed the 1923 Benz Tropfenwagen, which was the first racing car with a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. In short, he stayed busy, and as far as the automative industry is concerned, he was an outstanding revolutionary

As they say the rest is history.

As a kid, I was a car nut. Initially American muscle cars. Then having seen the cute (as well as fast and nimble) little Porsche 356’s on TV shows such as the original Mission Impossible series and in movies such as Harper, starring the great actor Paul Newman and several movies with another great actor, Steve McQueen, I became enamored with, and then addicted to these tiny, but amazingly fast, great handling cars. So much so that I joined Porsche Club of America and raced for a time when I was able to afford such luxury and had less concern for my own wellbeing. Eventually Porsches evolved and I graduated from the 356 Porsches to its descendent, the mighty Porsche 911, and then, to its successor, the ultimate Porsche, the 911/930 Turbo. Porsche was one of the first car companies to offer turbos in cars for the general public [albeit only a few with deep pockets as those 930’s were made in extremely limited numbers… we’re talking 1,300 cars on average per year – offered under the “Sonderwunschprogramm” (special order program)].

I’ve followed those vintage 356 Porsches and the actors who drove them over the years. The cars are now very valuable classics and those actors are dead. You can’t hide from Father Time – age catches up with everyone and everything.

Time too has long since caught up with most traditional environmental techniques. They don’t work well enough in many cases and they’re inefficient or relatively ineffective in other cases.

Now, much like Porsche with their new modern, ultra-fast, better, handling, better braking, better fuel economy, modern 911 automotive derivatives for the modern era, here comes Global Environmental Solutions with its DirtGlue Enterprises line of products to provide new modern approaches to environmental products and application techniques.

GES/DGE offers:

  • Extremely long-term dust control without water
  • Paving without asphalt or concrete
  • Hydroseeding/hydromulching without washouts
  • Permanent waterproofing for masonry
  • Chemical roadbase stabilization that is permanent
  • Erosion control that lasts and lasts
  • Dust control that stands up to any and all climate conditions
  • Sediment control at the source instead of silt fence after the fact
  • And, just like Porsche – much, much more…

GES is not just another soil stabilization and dust control company, just as Porsche is not just another car company.

The two of us are entirely different entities serving entirely different markets, but are both highly focused on research, development, and customer service. The goal has always been to provide the best possible results in an industry where ‘good’ just isn’t good enough.

At GES, we strive for technical and ecological superiority with every product we offer, in every project our products are introduced to, 100% of the time. The road we travel on (and may even have had a hand in stabilizing) is that of a joint effort – where success and creativity abound. Ride with us. We’ll get you to where you need to go, and we may even have some fun in the process.

Like Porsche, with GES products there “is no substitute”…

Our Own Chris Rider Featured in Soil Erosion & Hydroseeding Magazine

Chris RiderChris Rider was featured prominently in the March/April edition of Soil Erosion & Hydroseeding Magazine. The article, “A Sticky Business” is an in-depth conversation regarding tackifiers and how to properly and responsibly take control of the earth causing potential difficulty within the environmental confines of your project.

Read it here:

DustLess® – Why It Works & How it Works

The least expensive dust control method is DustLess® One needs to know the capabilities and functionality of the product to be properly informed.

DustLess® does not function like water or chlorides

Water surrounds individual soil and/or dust particles, thus “floating” the individual particle. When a particle is floated by application of water, there is a space in between each soil particle (a space filled with a microscopic amount of water). If enough water is applied to eliminate all dust, then every soil particle is separated by water. This separation reduces friction because the particles no longer touch the adjacent particle directly. This phenomenon commences immediately upon reaching optimum moisture content (OMC) in the soil. Once you exceed OMC even by a very small percentage, you have mud. If you do not reach OMC, then you do not have complete dust control. Wetted soil sticks to wheels and equipment etc., it tracks, it has low coefficient of friction, and it immediately begins to dry out (all bad things). This procedure, using water as dust control, provides a very short effective life span and needs continuous re-applications to create at best, modest dust control that is constantly changing in effectiveness.

Chlorides work by drawing moisture out of the air thus dampening the soil. Same problem as water, not enough chlorides and you do not have complete dust control. Too much chloride and you have hard and soft spots in the soil, some area over treated and some areas undertreated. Any amount of chloride and you have corrosion of vehicles and equipment, you have health issue of breathing in dried, chloride soils the control goes away. Chlorides require several applications per year. Chloride applications are only effective if there is substantial moisture/humidity in the air. A heavy rain event washes away chloride dust control requiring reapplication. Continual use of salts (chlorides) over extended periods of time, kills adjacent vegetation, and pollutes ground water.

DustLess® works differently

It is specially formulated to absorb into the individual soil particles rather than surround and “float” the particle as does water. By absorbing in and not surrounding the particle, the individual particles remain in direct contact with each other keeping the soil surface firm, good coefficient of friction (traction), no stickiness, thus no tracking. The product is not alkaline, is not acidic, it is non-corrosive and non-hazardous. Effective dust control lasts for about one year. Watering is never required. Climate or humidity are not factors. It does not wash away or dilute in rain events. Reapplications after the initial application are done at a much lower rate to renew highly effective, long lasting control.

DustLess® application is more cost effective, more effective, and is always better from a health point of view. All of this with no negative environmental issues and no corroded equipment.

Understanding Dust Control on Equestrian Arena Footing

ArenaKleen® works very well with all types of riding arena footing such as sand, stone dust, fine processed screened gravel, and all of the various blends that include the previous as well as many of the fiber products such as rubber, leather, wood, and blends.

The following is a bit of “dust education” to help make an informed decision:

When all things are considered, proper dust control in riding arenas is not expensive – it is cost effective.

Most importantly one needs to understand that the DUST is only the SYMPTOM of the PROBLEM.

People say that you cannot buy health at any price but silicosis is not a joke and ArenaKleen® will absolutely eliminate the dust, which has a very high potential for silicosis in the volumes created in an indoor hall, or outdoor riding ring with several horses moving around.

Using (chlorides) salt on the footing actually deteriorates the footing faster. Water also has negative effects on footing.

First one must understand what is creating the dust to better understand what is happening and why ArenaKleen® actually saves money in the long run.

  • Properly formulated new footing is not just dirt or sand; it is actually processed, coarse sand, (traction), stone dust (for strength, stability, firmness), and sometimes different types of fiber (wood, leather, rubber, etc. – to minimize compaction).
  • Properly formulated footing costs a lot of money. Actually even non-formulated footing costs a fair amount of money.
  • As the horses move over the surface, they pound the individual particles that make up the footing. They pound them together and churn them up. This causes the individual particles to wear, fracture, chafe and break.
  • This wearing of the particles produces additional “fines.”
  • The fines act as sandpaper and wear the footing even faster. It is an ever-increasing vicious cycle.
  • While salt initially attracts moisture giving temporary dust control and a false sense of accomplishment, the salt over time is actually drying the soil particles and causes the cycle of particle breakup/wear even faster plus the dried particles of salt are themselves unhealthy to breath in.
  • If water is used for dust control the water floats the soil particles, oftentimes this creates soft spots and in some cases even mud or slippery spots and it does not last very long before drying out requiring reapplication. Thus the footing when watered does not maintain any consistency but is constantly changing.ArenaKleen® special formulation allows it to:
    • Absorb into the particles rather than just coating the outside like the water.
    • Lubricate the particles so that they chafe less and thus wear more slowly helping topreserve footing longer all the while eliminating the symptom, the dust.
    • Stay with the particle for many, many months.

ArenaKleen® inherent long life means that:

  • Each retreatment will come at intervals further and further apart.
  • The amount needed will be less and less because all of the soil particles gradually become treated.

The footing material last longer before replacement or partial replacement is needed. This in itself is a huge savings what with the cost of quality footing and the cost of trucking and equipment to put it in place.Think about the health of your horse – they breathe in 300 times the air that humans breathe; imagine the amount of dust that they inhale! Besides the health issues to you and your horse, you may also want to consider aesthetics. If your stable looks clean, neat, and dust free people notice. It can generate more business because people enjoy riding where it looks and is cleaner. The tack stays cleaner, clothing stays cleaner; even the horse stays cleaner.

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To conclude, it may be possible with some footing materials (particularly when new or freshly installed) to use less than the recommended amount of ArenaKleen® An educated consumer will understand that the dust is just the symptom of the underlying issues that creates the dust in the first place. They will realize where the problem comes from. They will realize that different footing combinations, depths, and age affect how a dust abatement product or dust abatement program will perform. ArenaKleen® will always perform much better and for much longer than the alternatives. Typically, it will last 8 – 15 months for an initial application. Subsequent applications build up in the footing material and gradually less ArenaKleen® will be required to renew the dust controlling effect. Subsequent applications should last as long or longer and as explained above will use less and less product each time a renewal application is applied. If a proper treatment program is instituted, the treated riding area should never have dust, the footing should be very consistent, the footing should never compact, should never freeze, and the life span of the material that makes up the footing in the arena should be good for as long as possible. Absorbent fibers (if incorporated into the footing material) will necessitate higher initial application rates to meet the fiber’s absorbance factor.