|Sanimax Quebec, Canada|
Sanimax is a fat rending facility. One of the oil tanks overflowed during a power shutdown. Attempts to contain the spill were made using sorbents. Due to the large amount of spilled oil the containment effort yielded partial success. The oil flowed into a storm drain and within minutes reached a nearby river. Costly cleanup operations were required.
ChemiGreen installed a WI-Plug in the outgoing pipe from the catch basin leading to the river. In case of another spill, the pipe can be plugged within seconds using a remote control system. This will allow personnel to contain thousands of liters with very little effort. The Québec ministry of environment acknowledged this solution as a proper remedy to the problem. It is safe to say that this sort of spill will not occur again. After installting the WI-Plug, Sanimax's Emergency Response Team activated the system during a training exercise; the bladder inflated within seconds and the outfall leading from the catch basin stopped its normal effluent flow indicating a 100% seal of the pipe.