Gallery: EPA Demands BP Stop Using Toxic Dispersants, They Won’t Comply


As we all know, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has not yet been contained and has finally reached the Gulf Coast shoreline. Last week, after some careful monitoring of the depths of the Gulf the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered BP to halt the use of the chemical dispersant, Corexit, which they were using to break up massive amounts of oil. The EPA now believes that Corexit is highly toxic, so BP was given 24 hours to find new, less harmful solution. BP responded by saying that Corexit isn’t as toxic as they think, and after giving a vague explanation told the EPA that they were just going to keep on using it because it’s working fine.

Workers in the Gulf are struggling to cover the entire coastline in a barrier to keep oil from washing ashore and after this latest chemical saga, it seems they’ll be protecting us from BP’s solutions as well. The label for Corexit notifies the user that it will irritate eyes and skin if it comes in contact with them,  and warns that it is not to be inhaled and could harm red blood cells, kidney or liver if swallowed. One could assume that if this is the effect it has on humans, the fish and wildlife in the Gulf will react much the same. The EPA actually initially approved Corexit for use, but after BP dumped upwards of 700,000 gallons of the noxious concoction into the waters, the EPA rescinded its approval. The EPA based this latest decision on the depleted oxygen levels in the deep gulf waters. Depleted oxygen levels are lethal to all living organisms.

The EPA ordered BP to find another available chemical that has less harmful effects and to start using the new chemical within 4 days of receiving the order to end Corexit use. Now BP has, in a lengthy letter, explained to the EPA that they’re wrong. Corexit is the best solution for this issue. It’s not as toxic as the EPA thinks and that, oh, by the way they, “have an inventory of 246,380 gallons of COREXIT that are available for immediate use, and the manufacturer is able to produce an additional 68,000 gallons/day, which is sufficient to meet all anticipated dispersant needs at this site.” So now that they’ve got it, they might as well use it. They also note that they did find some other less toxic solutions, but they can’t get their hands on them. So they’re just going to keep using this dangerous chemical to fight the dangerous plumes of oil.

The EPA’s real reaction to this is not known at the moment. Though they did say they will, “continue to work over the next 48 hours to ensure BP is complying with the directive.” Super duper guys. This whole disaster clean-up process seems to be going just perfectly. The oil has been spilling for a month now. So, another 48 hours can’t hurt.


+ EPA detailing of dispersant directive


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  1. DepressedOverSpill June 24, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Please for the love of our earth’s creatures and the world we live on, USE THE ORGANIC METHOD TO CLEAN THIS!!!! I’m sooooo damned angry that the lives of so many rely on the corporate corruption taking place; whereby the company providing the chemical dispersants is making a profit off of this and most likely kicking paybacks to BP. Come on Obama, speak up! Please stop this!!!

  2. Scant Evidence That Dis... June 17, 2010 at 1:56 pm

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  3. perfectcirclecarpenter May 25, 2010 at 3:16 am

    A Totally Safe And Completely Organic Way To Clean Up The Oil In The Gulf Of Mexico…

  4. edmundhaley May 24, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I would like to take the opportunity to make the public and BP aware that Nanotechnology Products already exist for such clean-up situations, as the one this nation presently faces in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Green Earth Technologies sells a product line called, G-MARINE Fuel Spill Clean-UP! (NANO Emulsion Technology) Non-Toxic Oil Dispersant. G-MARINE Fuel Spill Clean-UP! is a unique blend of plant derived, water based and ultimate biodegradable ingredients specifically formulated to quickly emulsify and encapsulate fuel and oil spills. These plant derived ingredients are processed to form a colloidal micelle whose small particle size (1-4 nanometers) enables it to penetrate and breakdown long chain hydrocarbons bonds in oils and grease and holds them in a colloidal suspension when mixed with water. Once oil has been suspended in a nano-colloidal suspension, there is no reverse emulsion; the oil becomes water soluble allowing it to be consumed by resident bacteria in the water. This dispersant formula is protected by trade secrets pursuant to Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) Standard CFR-1910 1200. The ingredient list has been reviewed by the US EPA and contains no ingredients considered hazardous by OSHA.Recent

    Press Release:

    Green Earth Technologies Website:

    I am attempting a grass-roots approach, because I believe the company, this product to be quite beneficial, not only for this recent crisis, but mother earth as a whole going forward. Thank you for you time and patience.

    Maurice Johnson

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