By Kelley Lindsey

Waste Management Inc. (WM) and AbTech Industries Inc. launched a model for assessing, designing, building, operating, maintaining, and — potentially — financing stormwater infrastructure.

AbTech will provide the Smart Sponge Plus and other commercially available control technologies under WM's stormwater management program. The EPA-registered (#86256-1) antimicrobial product absorbs and turns pollutants like oil and coliform bacteria into a stable solid that can be recycled. In addition to test locations such as Long Beach, Calif., military bases in California and Utah have specified the technology.

The companies hope to secure their first partnership within the next six months. If you're interested, contact Paul Pistono at 310-863-8858 or