Tell EPA to Come Clean on Dispersants

 

epadispersants2 copyLast month we marked the 3 year memorial of the BP oil drilling disaster.  Three year later, there are still big questions about how the use of toxic dispersants impacted the Gulf, and the EPA has failed to live up to their responsibility to comprehensively test dispersants. Tell the EPA that they need to test these dispersants now

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BP applied 1.84 million gallons of Corexit during the cleanup, stating that "it’s as safe as Dawn dishwashing liquid.” However, we know that's not true.  New reporting about dispersant use raises some serious questions about the safety of these chemicals, and whether they should be approved as a primary tool for responding to oil spills

NALCO, the company that makes Corexit, even acknowledged in their manual that the dispersant is toxic and could cause health problems for those who came into contact with it. Yet, EPA has ignored the law by approving dispersants for use before conducting thorough tests. Tell the EPA to conduct comprehensive testing now.

We cannot continue to allow the oil companies to use this dangerous chemical as a first response to oil spills unless they can prove that it’s not going to harm the people and wildlife of this regionPlease take action to tell EPA to move forward swiftly to ensure that necessary toxicity testing on dispersants occurs before the next major disaster.

Cynthia Sarthou is GRN's Executive Director.

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