Local Farm May Help With Oil Spill

One Raleigh man has a plan to contain the oil in the Gulf it and a farm in Pitt County is helping.

A crop called Kenaf, being grown at a farm in Fountain, is usually put into waste water treatment plants to help them run more efficiently. But, Walt Brown with R.F. Wastewater says it can be used on the oil spill too. That's because it's the most oil absorbent product in the world.

Brown's plan is to mix the kenaf with microbes, which are bacteria and then dump the product in the gulf's wetlands. Brown says, "Then the microbes go crazy eating all the oil and then every 20 to 40 minutes that population of microbes doubles, so basically eat the kenaf and then move outside to oily marsh to consume oil as it goes through the marsh."

The product is being produced at Eric Pierce's farm in Fountain and is ready to go. All they're waiting for is a thumbs up from the EPA.

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