MAR Systems: Oil Leak Plugged; Mercury Continues to Contaminate US Water Streams


Source: Marketwire

CLEVELAND, OH -- (Marketwire) -- 07/21/10 -- According to reports by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, hundreds of thousands of pounds of mercury, a toxic heavy metal, continue to be released into water streams in the United States each year.

MAR Systems Inc., an Ohio-based company, has developed and patented an economical and environmentally secure solution for removing heavy metal contaminants, like mercury, from water.

'The oil pouring into the Gulf has refocused our attention on the environmental dangers of pollutants in water,' said Missy Hayes, co-founder of MAR Systems. 'While that tragedy is rightfully getting the attention of the world, mercury receives far less attention because it is simply not as visible.'

Mercury, dangerous at far lower concentrations, can cause deformities, reproductive complications and adverse behavioral changes in both animals and humans.

'We must monitor mercury levels closely,' Hayes said. 'Small changes in concentration can have disastrous and long-term environmental effects.'

Along the Great Lakes, where MAR Systems is headquartered, legislation requires that mercury levels be no higher than 1.3 parts per trillion -- the equivalent of one drop of water in a regulation, Olympic-sized, swimming pool.

MAR Systems' Sorbster™ Hg, the media that actually removes the mercury from water, is made from readily available and inexpensive raw material substrates.

The Sorbster™ Hg media is:

  • Faster -- customized to allow clients to meet compliance standards in just six months.
  • Cheaper -- about $482,000 in savings per gram of captured mercury compared to current industry techniques.
  • Greener -- used media passes the EPA TCLP test creating a non-hazardous disposal option.

MAR Systems has installed a mercury removal system in a plant owned by a Fortune 500 chemical company and is in discussion with major steel and oil companies, as well as many other smaller industrial and municipal clients seeking to solve mercury discharge issues.

With an annual U.S. market opportunity of more than $2 billion, MAR Systems has been named by BusinessWeek magazine as one of 'America's Most Promising Startups' and 'America's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs.'

For more information about MAR Systems Inc., visit

MAR Systems is a privately owned, Ohio-based company established in 2005. As a result of the increasing presence of hazardous metal contaminants found in water, MAR Systems has developed patented, proprietary processes that remove these contaminants from industrial water streams through its Sorbster™ media. Online at

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