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Today is National Diatomaceous Earth (DE) Day!

Posted by Julie Brown

Aug 31, 2017 5:46:31 AM

HB_Mine_Pics_003.jpg Diatomaceous earth being mined at EP Minerals' Lovelock, NV mine

Most people know of diatomaceous earth because they use it to filter their swimming pools or for its natural insecticide properties to control insects in their homes or gardens. Biologists know about diatoms, the single-celled plants that form diatomaceous earth, because they are truly the lungs of the earth, in that they produce about ¾ of the world’s new oxygen supply. Materials scientists know about diatom skeletons (called frustules), the tiny, intricate porous opal structures, because they are known to be the strongest naturally-occurring substances.

On August 31, we celebrate National Diatomaceous Earth Day to recognize the diatom and the remarkable substance it creates, diatomaceous earth.

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Topics: Diatomaceous Earth

Brewing filtration FAQs: Diatomaceous earth filtration vs. membranes

Posted by Julie Brown

Aug 24, 2017 1:25:06 PM

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Diatomaceous Earth (DE) filtration systems are the traditional, tried and true, filtration systems that have been used around the world with superior results for over 80 years. About 10 years ago, a new filtration technology, membrane filters, became a filtration option, primarily for the brewing industry.

Here are some of the common questions asked today:

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Topics: Filtration, Diatomaceous Earth, brewing, beer

Hot August Nights, classic cars and Floor-Dry diatomaceous earth oil absorbent

Posted by Julie Brown

Aug 10, 2017 3:20:02 PM

 

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Drive anywhere around the Reno, Lake Tahoe, Carson City or Virginia City this week, and you’re going to see some amazing sights. No, I don’t mean the stunning mountains, the beautiful lakes or the bright blue Nevada skies. I’m talking about cars. Lots of them. And they have fins, fender skirts, flames and big engines.

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Topics: absorbents, Diatomaceous Earth, Floor Dry, hot august nights, oil spill cleanup

Mark Your Calendar: National Diatomaceous Earth (DE) Day is August 31

Posted by Julie Brown

Aug 3, 2017 1:37:04 PM

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Most people know of diatomaceous earth because it's used to filter beer or wine, for swimming pools, or for its insecticide properties to control insects around homes or in gardens. Biologists know about diatoms, the single-celled plants that form diatomaceous earth, because they are truly the lungs of the earth, in that they produce about ¾ of the world’s new oxygen supply. Materials scientists know about diatom skeletons (called frustules), the tiny, intricate porous opal structures because they are known to be the strongest naturally-occurring substances.

On August 31, we celebrate National Diatomaceous Earth Day to recognize the diatom and the remarkable substance it creates -- diatomaceous earth.

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Topics: Diatomaceous Earth, national diatomaceous earth day, diatom

EP Engineered Clays buys bleaching clay, activated clay catalysts from BASF

Posted by Julie Brown

Jul 17, 2017 10:07:58 AM

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Loading diatomaceous earth ore at EP Minerals' Lovelock mine.

Global leader in diatomite, perlite and clay products used as microfiltration media, functional additives and absorbents expands its product portfolio                                                             

RENO, NV, July 17, 2017 – EP Engineered Clays Corporation, an affiliate of EP Minerals, LLC, a worldwide leader in engineered products derived from industrial minerals, announced today that it has acquired bleaching clay and mineral adsorbents assets from BASF Corporation. The transaction includes a Jackson, MS production site, a clay mine in Aberdeen, MS, and the mineral rights associated with a mine located in the Navajo Nation near Sanders, Arizona. Approximately 70 employees will be joining the newly-established EP Engineered Clays Corporation.

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Topics: Company News

#1 Oil Absorbent EP Minerals' Floor Dry Cleans Up at Daytona

Posted by Julie Brown

Jun 29, 2017 8:32:50 AM

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Larry4.jpg EP Minerals' Global Technical Services Director Larry Galberd and his team use EP Minerals' Floor-Dry Absorbent to clean up fuel spills at the racetrack

It's time to check in on our resident racecar driver, Larry Galberd! EP Minerals' Floor-Dry, the #1 absorbent for the racetrack, is one of Larry's sponsors. 

If you'll recall from a previous blog post,  EP Minerals’ Global Technical Services Director Larry Galberd leads a double life. By day, Larry could be anywhere in the world helping our diatomaceous earth or perlite filtration customers optimize their filtration processes and solve problems. By night and on weekends (and any other chance he gets) Larry is driving hell bent for leather at 140 mph for his Blew-By-You race car team in the ChumpCar Racing Series. Larry and his team are “sponsored” (I use that term loosely) by EP Minerals’ Floor-Dry absorbent, the #1 automobile oil spill cleanup product that can be found at all the major auto supply stores today.

Go Larry! And keep promoting our #1 absorbent at the racetrack - Floor-Dry!

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Topics: absorbents

First day of summer, a sparkling clear swim pool and diatomaceous earth

Posted by Julie Brown

Jun 21, 2017 8:00:31 AM

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It’s the first day of summer. It’s supposed to hit 100. You know what that means? Time to spend a lot of time in the swimming pool! 

There’s nothing more inviting on a hot sunny day than a beautiful, crystal clear swimming pool. But how does it get that way?

The answer: Diatomaceous earth!

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Topics: swim pool, diatomaceous earth swim pool filtration, celapool diatomaceous earth swim pool filter aid

What's a 4th of July without Diatomaceous Earth, Clay, or Perlite?

Posted by Julie Brown

Jun 16, 2017 3:12:47 PM

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Industrial minerals might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re thinking about how to spend your Fourth of July weekend, but maybe they should be. Consider these top ideas for having fun in the sun with diatomaceous earth, clay, and perlite for the upcoming July 4th holiday:

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Effective Pest Control with Diatomaceous Earth

Posted by Julie Brown

Jun 8, 2017 11:55:47 AM

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Thanks to Linsey Knerl from the Gardeners Path blog for the informative post!
Nobody wants to see this first thing in the morning when they head out to the berry patch. And if you’re visiting my homestead during the gardening months, you’ll hear us refer to “DE” almost daily.The powdery substance, known as diatomaceous earth, is one of my favorite weapons against garden pests.

It has saved my family from losing large portions of our garden to beetles, moths, and other crawly things.

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Topics: DEsect

EP Minerals is different. Our customers tell us that's a good thing

Posted by Julie Brown

Jun 2, 2017 2:30:32 PM

Larry.pngLarry Galberd, Global director of technical service for EP Minerals

At EP Minerals, we're not like any other company. We're different. And we think that's a very good thing. What exactly do we mean by that? We're different in how we treat our customers, different in how we work with each other and our suppliers, and different in what we do and how we do it.

Apparently, our customers think we’re different, too. But in a very good way.

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Topics: Company News