Florida Tests Inventors’ Sand-Cleaning Ideas

The Associated Press reports that Florida officials are seeking inventors to save the state’s pristine beaches from the Gulf of Mexico spill.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection organized a demonstration by 10 U.S. and Canadian inventors to find the best methods to clean tar off an oil-fouled section of Pensacola Beach. Eight others were tested separately.

Each inventor was assigned a plot of beach.

Among the ideas were peat moss, polymers and a fibrous cotton that would blanket the beach and adhere to the tar when rolled up.

Darryl Boudreau of the environmental department says the state isn’t looking for one idea, it is looking for a lot that can be used in different situations.

Photo by earthrehab.

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