Stormwater runoff carries all types of wastes, anywhere and everywhere and ultimately drops them into rivers and streams. Oil spills are one of those hazardous wastes that can enter into the sea water along with the stormwater runoff. As ports are very near to the sea, oil spills in ports can cause too much of a damage to the marine ecosystem. Apart from port oil spills, construction sites also generate oil wastes that can add up to the environmental mess during a storm.
To prevent such problems, there’s the SWPPP – Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan in place. It is a water pollution control measure that should be completed and certified before any construction starts. This plan identifies possible pollutants in a particular site that may pollute the stormwater runoff. It tells you ways to reduce pollutants in stormwater and also describes Best Management Practices (BMP). Waste disposal is one of the important aspects of the SWPPP. Construction and pollution go hand in hand. But, you can very well manage it and keep the pollution level to a minimum.
Oily and greasy wastes are not uncommon in any port. However, what’s crucial is to manage this oily stuff in an efficient way. Oil spills that occur from loading and unloading of tanker vessels in ports, when mixed with stormwater, can find their way into the marine water causing serious ecological damages. So, safe storage and disposal of oily material in ports is really important to avoid such complications. With such drastic consequences of oil spills, we just cannot afford to ignore proper oil spill prevention and treatment.
It’s not that there’s going to be a storm whenever there’s an oil spill in ports. But, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Oil Gone Easy S-200 is an eco friendly oil spill containment product that degrades oil into harmless byproducts. It can clear out the oil completely, and leave the environment pollution free. So, join hands to prevent stormwater pollution in a greener way!
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