Dispersant Warning!


Independent toxicologists have issued a warning objecting to the claim that chemical dispersants have a low potential for accumulating in marine life and do not pose an environmental health concern.

Independent analysis by toxicologists dispute FDA claims made in the last few days that chemical dispersants used by BP during the oil catastrophe may not accumulate in marine animals. In fact, in a full report recently released by Dr. Bill Sawyer, a member of my team of experts, there is a grave problem caused by dispersants, due to the fact that these were used in deep waters and on such a vast scale. BP’s use of dispersants deep underwater in the Gulf, and on such a vast scale, represents the first time dispersants have been used in this manner. The greatly-reduced biodegradation in the Deepwater Horizon case, resulting from lack of sunlight, extreme cold temperatures at 5,000 feet, and other environmental factors significantly reduce the rate at which the dispersed crude components are degraded. Eight months would be required to remove 96 percent of the petroleum under ideal conditions, thus we can only assume what remains in the Gulf waters will be a “toxic soup” of chemicals for the foreseeable future, due to the worst-case scenario which has unfolded.

Read full release and related reports: http://www.gulfoildisasterrecovery.com/web/index.asp?mode=full&id=752

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