Cotton could hold key to Gulf oil spill cleanup

Hundreds of miles from ground zero of the worst oil spill in U.S. history sits a concept that has literally sprung out of the country’s largest cotton patch.

It goes by the name of Fibertect and is a decontamination wipe that some scientists claim is the best answer to the massive clean-up job in the Gulf of Mexico.

"You need to have material that can not only suck up the oil—there are so many technologies available just to suck up the oil—but you need to also have the technology that will hold the obnoxious or toxic vapors which are very volatile," says Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, associate professor at the Texas Tech Institute of Environmental and Human Health, who is the brain behind Fibertect.

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