Draft:Terra Prime

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Symbol opinion vote.svg Comment: The tone is somewhat improved since the last submission, but still reads like an advertisement. Also, the draft needs heavy copy-editing for grammar due to sentence fragments. Robert McClenon (talk) 17:53, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

Symbol opinion vote.svg Comment: This reads like a promotional flier for the product, especially since 3/4 of the draft isn't even about Terra Prime (but rather how awful its predecessor is). Comparing it to MC-30 is perfectly acceptable, but the article should be about Terra Prime. Keeping that in mind, additional independent reliable sources that talk about Terra Prime in detail will be required. Primefac (talk) 21:44, 27 July 2015 (UTC)

Terra Prime is an alternative to asphalt cut-backs. Terra Prime was invented at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) and offers ways to improve Texas highways in terms of road quality, stability, and durability. Extensive testing coordinated between University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) determined that Terra Prime outperforms the tested prime coat material that have traditionally been used worldwide as a primer for asphalt roads.[1] Industry dominant prime coat, mostly known as “MC-30”, is classified as a cutback asphalt substance that is heavily loaded with kerosene, and has been labeled toxic to the environment.[2]

Concentrated Terra Prime requires water dilution. It is non-petroleum-based and Eco-friendly. Evaporates only water during the curing process and does not emit volatile organic compounds. It does not contain solvents or cause damage to roads or vehicles. Whereas solvent based prime coats melt the existing asphalt content and damage the roads. It is applied in ambient temperature and does not require special equipment or handling procedures. The EPA classifies cut-back asphalt as a “volatile organic compound,” (VOC) which is closely regulated by environmental agencies worldwide.[3] The leaching and evaporation of kerosene into the ground and atmosphere has resulted in toxic pollution of the environment for decades. In addition to environmental concerns, MC-30 poses a serious health risk to highway workers who are directly exposed to its vapors and potential flammability. Inhalation of asphalt fumes can cause headaches, dizziness, vomiting, and intoxication. These fumes also contain substances known to cause cancer in humans.[4] As a result, extensive research has revealed that a number of other products, mostly asphalt emulsion based, are used for replacing MC-30. Terra Prime has been proven to be a surpassing replacement for MC-30 and approved by TxDOT as a prime coat[5]. However, testings and search for other alternatives still continue.[6]


  1. ^ Texas Pavement Preservation Journal - Summer 2011 [[1]]
  2. ^ MSDS for MC-30 - Valero[[2]]
  3. ^ EPA - Health [[3]]
  4. ^ MSDS for MC-30 - Valero[[4]]
  5. ^ MSDS for MC-30 - Valero[[5]]
  6. ^ Pavement Preservation Journal - Spring 2012 [[6]]