Oil exchange center opens in California

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A new oil-absorbent exchange center is providing free and convenient ways for the Long Beach, Calif., boating community to recover, collect and recycle oil.

Boaters are invited to participate in the opening celebration of the exchange center this Saturday at the Alamitos Bay Marine in Long Beach.

The Boating Clean and Green Program and Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation announced the opening of the center, which aims to prevent contaminants from entering the marine environment.

"The cumulative effect of small oil spills into our waterways has a serious impact on the aquatic environment," California Department of Boating and Waterways director Raynor Tsuneyoshi said in a statement. "A pint of oil can produce a slick of approximately one acre on the water's surface and one gallon of oil can ruin a million gallons of drinking water."

Funding for the oil-absorbent exchange center was provided to the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation from a California Integrated Waste Management Board grant.

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