HazClean-ER is specifically designed as an emergency spill response agent for incidental hydrocarbon spills. HazClean-ER rapidly bonds itself to hydrocarbon particles. Once bonded, HazClean-ER quickly suppresses vaporization by raising the product's flash point. This process significantly reduces the possibility of an accidental ignition and the threat of fire or explosion. HazClean-ER is widely used by emergency response agencies to provide safety at motor vehicle accidents. HazClean-ER has a low surface tension and does not solubilize hydrocarbons. This characteristic causes hydrocarbons to be repelled from surfaces to which they are attached and allows natural buoyancy to occur. This phenomenon lifts treated hydrocarbons from firm surfaces such as asphalt and concrete roadways to speed up the clean-up process. This performance property is beneficial for removing oil, fuel and other contaminants from motor vehicle accidents and other incidental spills.
HazClean-ER, unlike similar products, is not a chemical dispersant or a strong emulsifier. Chemical dispersants and emulsifiers break down the hydrocarbon molecules into small particles that create an oil-in-water emulsion. Emulsification combines hydrocarbons with the water that creates water contamination and adds cost to the recovery of the spills. Although the emulsification process is beneficial in reducing vapor production and increasing surface area for bioremediation, water contamination is a costly disadvantage. HazClean-ER is specially formulated to provide the same performance criteria as a chemical dispersant without the water contamination problem.