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BEAR RIVER ZEOLITE CO., INC.
4005 East Glendale Road
Preston, ID 83263

tel: 406-827-3523
fax: 406-827-3543

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USES OF BRZ NATURAL ZEOLITE


▪   ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP

The cation exchange capability of BRZ makes it an excellent candidate for the clean- up of  oil, diesel, and gasoline; PCBs; soluble heavy metals such as mercury, chromium; lead, zinc, arsenic, molybdenum, nickel, cobalt, antimony, silver, and uranium from water;  feed lots; leaching of nitrogen fertilizers into the groundwater; organically polluted water; acid mine drainage; smelter slag; metal contaminated blast sand; metal plating sludge; contaminated soils; solidification and stabilization of hazardous waste; oil refinery and oil field sludge; leach residues;  batteries, possibly MTBE and various other organic toxins, and radioactive nuclides such as Sr90, Cs137.

▪   SOIL AMENDMENT

The ability of BRZ to hold ammonium and its high potash content, low sodium content, and ability to hold water make BRZ an excellent soil amendment for golf courses, sport fields, parks, common areas, lawns, gardens, all sandy soils, and agricultural applications.

▪   FERTILIZER

The ability of BRZ to load with 1.8 to 2.1% nitrogen in the form of ammonium in its crystal structure makes it excellent for fertilizer applications. The nitrogen is not water-soluble, but it is plant accessible. The zeolite holds the nitrogen in the root zone of the plant. In typical nitrogen fertilizer applications, as much as 35 % of the nitrogen leaches out of the growth zone and reports to the aquifer to create nitrite and nitrate contamination. Consequently, the zeolite reduces the amount of nitrogen needed. BRZ contains approximately 3.47% potassium, which is an important nutrient in fertilizers. The zeolite holds at least 55% of its weight in water that protects the plant against drought. Zeolites have been successfully used for golf courses, sports fields, parks and commons areas, and high value crops.

▪   WATER FILTRATION and WASTE WATER TREATMENT

Zeolites are used as a filter media for particulate removal.  Additionally, they are used to remove nitrogen, certain organic hydrocarbons, and toxic cations such as silver, mercury, nickel, chrome, cobalt, antimony, arsenic, etc. Typical applications would include swimming pools, municipal water systems, and waste water treatment plants.

▪   ODOR CONTROL

One of the major causes of odor around animals is the generation of ammonia from urea and manure. Essential advantages of using zeolite for odor control of cattle, hog, and poultry feed lots are as follows: it captures ammonium and prevents the formation of ammonia that causes the noxious odor, it removes moisture, it prevents the leaching of the nitrogen to the groundwater, and the ammoniated zeolite then becomes a secondary merchantable product as a fertilizer. Typical applications are for composting cattle, horse, and hog manure; poultry; cats (“kitty litter”); personal items; room air cleaners, carpet cleaning for pets; diapers; horse stalls, veterinary clinics; and bathrooms.

▪    ANIMAL NUTRITION

According to foreign literature, the feeding of zeolite to animals has resulted in faster growth rates and weight gains, improved feed conversion, less diarrhea and other health problems, potentially less use of antibiotics, and drier and less odoriferous manure. In other countries it is recognized as a myco-toxin binder effective against alfa-toxin, ochra-toxin, fumonisin-toxin, and zearalenone. In the United States the USDA has not recognized it as a myco-toxin binder. However, BRZ nor USAC makes any of these claims in the United States.

▪   AIR FILTRATION

Zeolites have been used for the separation of gases such as nitrogen, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide. Typical applications would include: enriched oxygen supplies for steel mills, smelters; re-oxygenation of downstream water from sewage plants, smelters, pulp and paper plants, fishponds and tanks; removal of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide from sour natural gas; removal of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide from methane generators such as organic waste, sanitary landfills, municipal sewage systems, animal waste treatment facilities; the removal of sulfur dioxide from stack gases such as coal generating plants (to limit sulfur dioxide emissions to 100 ppm for EPA standards); coal gasification from underground sources for the removal of nitrogen and sulfur dioxide.

   AQUACULTURE, TANKS, PONDS

Zeolites are used for the removal of ammonium from water fisheries, trucks to transport fish, and aquariums. The addition of zeolite to ponds and tanks often stops or inhibits the growth of algae by removing nitrogen from the water.

▪   CATALYSTS AND PETROLEUM REFINING

Although most of the zeolites used in the petroleum industry are synthetic, more natural zeolites are being used. Typical applications include removing water and carbon dioxide from gaseous hydrocarbons, removing hydrochloric acid from gas streams, assisting in hydrogen or chlorine drying, assisting in chlorinated and fluorinated hydrocarbon purification, catalysis and natural gas separation.

▪   BUILDING APPLICATIONS

Typical building applications include dimension stone, lightweight aggregate, and pozzolan. BRZ has tested favorably in 28 day strength tests for Portland Cement.

▪   CARRIERS

Clinoptilolite can be used as a carrier for insecticides, pesticides, and herbicides due to its large porosity. In animal feeds it is used as a carrier for antibiotics, enzymes, and other medicines.

▪   DESICCANTS

Clinoptilolite has been used as a desiccant for drying natural gas, carbon dioxide, freon gas, and organic chemical streams such as transformer oil and xylene.
 

▪   FLOW AGENT


BRZ helps the flow of animal feed and other products from bins and is an anti-caking agent. It is particularly helpful with urea, oils, and other sticky ingredients.