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San Francisco Bay Oil Spill - Oil-Eating Mushrooms

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Published on Nov 22, 2007

This is from www.kron4.com. It's regarding oil-eating mushrooms that are currently being tested on our recent oil spill in the bay cause by the Cosco Busan.


Oil Eating Mushrooms Could Help Dispose of Waste

Posted: Nov 22, 2007 10:45 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- A test is planned for next week on an innovative plan to use mushrooms to dispose of the oil collected during the cleanup of the bay oil spill.

"I think San Francisco is going to revolutionize oil spill cleanup," Lisa Gautier with MatterofTrust.Org told KRON 4's Kate Thompson.

Volunteers are working now to get hair mats used by oil cleanup workers back from the company in charge of the clean-up effort. Hundreds of hair mats soaked with oil are now awaiting disposal. Workers used the mats because human hair does such a good job of absorbing oil.

The plan is to layer the hair mats between stacks of oyster mushrooms and straw.

"It will make a compost heap and within twelve weeks it will detoxify," Gautier added. "Then it will be non-toxic landscape-grade compost."

The Presidio trust is donating space to conduct the experiment. Work is set to get underway Tuesday.

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