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TetraKO’s water enhancer earns EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) Program Recognition

TetraKO water enhancer earns EPA’s DfE recognition under the new Industrial/Institutional product category “Fire Fighting Product”
TetraKO is a cornstarch-based water enhancer that transforms ordinary water into an adhering gel

TetraKO, LLC, the fire suppression subsidiary of EarthClean Corporation, has earned recognition under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Design for the Environment (DfE) program for its TetraKO biodegradable water enhancer. TetraKO water enhancer is the first fire suppression product to earn EPA’s DfE recognition under the new Industrial/Institutional product category “Fire Fighting Product”, satisfying the need for a highly effective, and environmentally safe fire suppression alternative. TetraKO is a cornstarch-based water enhancer that transforms ordinary water into an adhering gel that is dramatically more effective at attacking, suppressing, and containing fires.

When you see the DfE label on a product, it means that EPA‘s scientific review team has evaluated every ingredient for potential human health and environmental effects and allowed only chemicals from the safest in their class – that meet stringent EPA criteria – to be used. DfE-labeled products do not contain known chemicals of potential concern, like carcinogens, reproductive or developmental toxicants – and even minor product components, like dyes and fragrances, are screened for safety.

After a year of technical information exchange about TetraKO agriculturally-based fire suppression/extinguishment technology, a Partnership Agreement has been executed between EarthClean Corporation and the EPA’s DfE Program. This is the first fire suppression/extinguishment product to be accepted under this category, and will now be listed on the DfE website.

“One of our first priorities as a company was to test TetraKO for its health and environmental impacts. This first-ever EPA DfE certification is further confirmation of this product as a safe and effective alternative for fire suppression,” said Doug Ruth, TetraKO, LLC CEO. “We believe TetraKO has the potential to transform fire suppression technology. We are testing TetraKO with municipal fire departments, where it has proven effective in structural and car fires, as well as on wildfires.”

In collaboration with the EPA’s DfE program, EarthClean formulated TetraKO, a Class-A firefighting water enhancer that offers safer health and environmental characteristics, when compared to other firefighting chemistries. The TetraKO Qualifying Product contains no halogenated organics, inorganic phosphates, or hazardous solvents. Instead, EarthClean uses a proprietary blend of ingredients, much of which are agriculturally-based, that exhibit more positive environmental and human health characteristics than conventional fire-fighting formulations.

A main element of the partnership between EarthClean and the EPA’s DfE program provides EarthClean the opportunity to work with EPA chemists and environmental scientists in investigating materials to further improve the health and environmental profile of its TetraKO Qualified Product. EarthClean agrees to make continuous environmental improvement an important activity in its R&D activities.

DfE-labeled TetraKO offers the following benefits:


TetraKO is formulated with the environment and human health strongly in mind. It contains components with a more positive environmental profile than conventional Class-A fire fighting products.


TetraKO is formulated to help ensure a safer workplace. Users of TetraKO benefit from ingredients that include no components that pose serious health hazards. This benefit is amplified for firefighters, forest service workers and others who must use fire-fighting products on a regular basis.


TetraKO has certain attributes that may significantly reduce use of water and decrease overall fire damage, due to its enhanced fire-fighting performance.


EarthClean acts as a product steward by providing its customers information on environmental and worker safety matters, and trains its sales force on the benefits of formulations with improved environmental and health characteristics.

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