Another use for sodium hydroxide

The project would see researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) pour approximately 6,000 gallons of sodium hydroxide — a component of lye — into waters ten miles away from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, in August 2024, according to the WSJ. The research project, estimated to cost about $10 million in total, will receive taxpayer funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provided the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signs off on releasing the chemicals. The underlying concept is to see if the basic sodium hydroxide can reduce the acidity of ocean waters and make those waters more efficient repositories of carbon dioxide, according to the WSJ.


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Lime would probably be cheaper. But it is made by calcining limestone releasing carbon dioxide.
Lye is made by electrolysis of salt water releasing chlorine and hydrogen as co-products. .


Think of the plankton displacement and plankton catastrophe in this area!

They should spend the entire year, metering out 1.46 ounces per minute.

—to minimize local ecological disasters.