EPA Reveals Secret Toxic Ingredients of BP Oil Dispersant Chemical
No one has any lingering doubts that the Corexit brand chemical oil dispersant is nasty stuff. However, the actual formula has been kept secret for weeks despite mounting concerns about its overall toxicity, including a lack of documentation about possible effects on the environment. This week, the EPA published the formulas without fanfare. Neither the public nor Nalco, the manufacturer of Corexit, were notified that the formulas would be released for general review.
Several news outlets had reported over the past weeks that Corexit is particularly toxic, more so than other dispersant products BP could have chosen. More than 1.1 million gallons of two Corexit dispersant products have been sprayed on oil slicks in an attempt to break it up into smaller “blobs”. Ostensibly, these “blobs” would more readily disperse naturally. The reality is that much of the dispersed oil simply sinks below the surface to wreak havoc on coral reefs and other unsuspecting sea life where it can’t be seen.