A Green Industrial Policy Takes Root

When a nearby hospital spilled several gallons of hazardous formaldehyde four years ago, Randy M. Skalla smelled opportunity. Skalla, vice-president of S&S Co. of Georgia Inc., an Albany (Ga.) maker of specialty chemicals, realized that hospitals were spending plenty to haul away spent formaldehyde. So S&S developed a way of chemically transforming the preservative to render it harmless enough to pour down the drain. The method cuts disposal costs in half, but selling it to skeptical towns, water districts, and states has been a Herculean task. "The biggest block has been federal, state, and local government," Skalla says.

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