"BP PLC has deployed more than 1.8 million gallons of dispersant in the Gulf since its record-breaking oil leak began in April, sparking concerns among environmental and public-health advocates as well as some scientists and several members of the Senate Appropriations Committee's science panel"
EPA Chief Calls for More Authority Over Dispersants
Thanks, star librarian John Powell for sending me this article.
"Scientists began warning that massive use of dispersants could create unknown risks to human and marine health...
Nalco (the manufacturer of the dispersent Corexit) already has sold $40 million worth of Corexit, according to Jeffries & Co Inc. analyst Laurence Alexander. The company stands to make $800,000 to $6.5 million per day from its dispersant sales, assuming a spill of roughly 200,000 to 1 million gallons a day...
Nalco considers the amount of the chemical components in Corexit a trade secret and has refused to make that information public, although they have released the information to the EPA..."
From Maker of Controversial Dispersant Used in Gulf Oil Spill Hires Top Lobbyists
Corexit safety data sheet in pdf... this isn't concealed, it's right there. 1.8 million gallons.
NALCO COREXIT SAFETY DATA SHEET
Excerpts from the Corexit safety data sheet...
"TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION- No toxicity studies have been conducted on this product."
"SECTIONS 311 AND 312 - MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET REQUIREMENTS (40 CFR 370) :
Our hazard evaluation has found this product to be hazardous. The product should be reported under the following
indicated EPA hazard categories:
X Immediate (Acute) Health Hazard
- Delayed (Chronic) Health Hazard
- Fire Hazard
- Sudden Release of Pressure Hazard
- Reactive Hazard
Under SARA 311 and 312, the EPA has established threshold quantities for the reporting of hazardous chemicals.
The current thresholds are: 500 pounds or the threshold planning quantity (TPQ), whichever is lower, for extremely
hazardous substances and 10,000 pounds for all other hazardous chemicals."
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