Green business grant to fund powerwash waste treatment solution

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Clean Marine Solutions LLC of Wilmington has been awarded an $84,600 North Carolina Green Business Fund Grant to further fund development of an affordable solution for boatyard / marina powerwash wastewater effluent, according to a release from N.C. Boating Industry Services.

Governor Bev Perdue announced the award at a press conference on Aug. 7. The grant is administered by the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology.

The goal of the project is to reduce the negative environmental impact caused by discharge of copper-laden, toxic wastewater generated from power washing boats, according to David Flagler, Clean Marine Solutions president.

“Our unique ‘no-discharge’ prototype reduces a 50 gallon drum of toxic wastewater to less than a cup of dry particulate that is easily permitted for disposal,” Flagler said. “The grant will provide money for custom systems at four North Carolina marine service facilities. The goal of Clean Marine Solutions is to help boatyards and marinas comply with the Federal Clean Water Act.”

There are presently few service boat yards or marinas nationwide whose power washing operations are in compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act, the release says.

Flagler will present at the International Boat Builders Conference and Exhibit (IBEX) in October. His topic is “Clean Water for Boatyards and Marinas – Why go green?”

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