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Ray Ulansey 
Member since Jun 7, 2012


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Updated on December 24, 2016 at 12:35 PM


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Re: “Hogwashed, Part 3: Solutions Exist for the Hog Industry’s Waste-Management Problem. Why Aren’t They Being Used?

In the early to mid 1990's I came upon an investment opportunity in a process called Bio-Remediation which touted it's effectiveness in remediating (cleaning) virtually any carbon based pollutant, including animal waste as well as petrochemical spills in-situ (on-site, in the ground). I became so enamored with the process due to it's stellar success rate around the world including Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and more that I decided to go into the business of hog lagoon remediation.

The process was fairly simple, and resembled adding a product such as Rid-ex to your septic system, then stirring it up a bit to promote aerobic nitrogen digestion. This in conjunction with a process called Phyto-remediation which uses specific plants to remove heavy metals from the effluent would have virtually eliminated all further pollution problems for these animal production facilities.

We secured the necessary product, purchased equipment and allied with a former hog farmer that owned an abandoned hog lagoon. that had been deemed a toxic waste site by the Department of Natural Resources.

We contacted DNR, as the agency overseeing our cleanup. We we met with the local DNR agent on numerous occasions.... every time we spoke additional regulatory roadblocks were added to thwart any attempts to commence cleanup operations. We secured an independent testing laboratory, purchased several Million dollars of liability insurance (The insurance company was quite familiar with the process as they insured multiple similar worldwide operations, albeit none in the US.).

After jumping through every hoop and satisfying every roadblock that DNR placed in our path, we thought we were able to start the cleanup, I received a call from our DNR agent requesting a meeting... I assumed simply to hash out a few final details of the cleanup process.... Instead the agent informed me that our process had been denied by DNR. He went on to tell me (strictly off the record) about how familiar he was with our process and that he personally knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt that we would be 100% successful in cleaning the toxic material from the lagoon.... BUT.... it would NEVER be approved by DNR due to lobbying by highly profitable "big money ventures" involved in other methods of cleanup that were not nearly as successful, economical or environmentally friendly. He made it very clear that any attempts we made to have our work certified would be thwarted by the DNR.

At this point the farmer that owned the lagoon decided that we should just go ahead and clean the site.... Even if we were unable to certify that all toxins had been remediated, cleaning up the mess was just the "right thing to do". As we were preparing to commence cleanup operations (remember, the process is virtually nothing more than pouring rid-ex in your toilet and then stirring the water a few times), I received another call from the DNR agent informing me that if we proceeded we would be criminally and civilly prosecuted as toxic polluters.

Thus ended the project, the business... and to the best of my knowledge any further attempt to clean the site.

Several years back I heard about Smithfield doing research into the bio-remediation process.... and while I have not followed the issue, I believe it is being currently being incorporated into the methane generation systems you wrote about.

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Posted by Ray Ulansey on 07/12/2017 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Ed Mitchell's Que lives up to its hype

Ed Mitchell is a good pit master, he makes good BBQ.... as far as being "legendary", I would hardly go that far... there are plenty of other places around the Raleigh area that make BBQ that is at least equal to that of Mr. Mitchell's.

The real problem with Mr. Mitchell's BBQ is not it's taste or quality, but it's price..... I have been to The Pit in Raleigh several times and have just been to EMQ and while I have no complaint with either the service or the food (both were fine, although nothing made them exemplary) I do take issue with the price charged at all of his restaurants. If enough folks are willing to pay inflated prices for Mr. Mitchell's BBQ, then I applaud him for being a savvy businessman and properly reading his clientele. But, if Mr. Mitchell should notice that his sales are sagging he should know that the quality of his establishments are not the problem, it is the price.

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Posted by Ray Ulansey on 07/09/2014 at 2:26 PM

Re: “The guide to the week's concerts

Are you sure that Onward Soldiers is going to be at Bynum Store on Friday? Bynum Store web site shows a different band,
Onward Soldiers web site makes no mention of this show.

Posted by Ray Ulansey on 06/07/2012 at 10:34 AM

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