by John Vodila
EPA finally has released the secret ingredients of more than 1.1 million gallons of chemical dispersants which have been sprayed in the Gulf since the disaster began.
The EPA has had the authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act to force the disclosure of the ingredients of the chemicals used in the dispersants in the Gulf. So why has it taken so long to get theses questions answered, A quote from Brian Turnbaugh an analyst at a government watchdog group OMB Watch wrote-
“Yet it took a public outcry and weeks of complaints for the agency to act and place the public’s interest ahead of corporate interests.”
Wilma Subra, a Louisiana chemist stated the lack of public knowledge of ingredients in Corexit has stymied Gulf cleanup workers who seek later medical treatment for symptoms that could be from exposure to the dispersants .
“They’re taken to the doctor, and the doctor doesn’t know what they’ve been exposed to,” Subra said. “That’s a huge issue for medical people, having to be responsive and not knowing what it is they’re having to deal with.”
The ingredients known so far:
Corexit 9527, used in lesser quantities in the beginning of the spill response, is defined as a chronic and acute health hazard by EPA. The 9527 formula includes 2-butoxyethanol, said to be the cause of health problems experienced by cleanup workers after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, and propylene glycol, a commonly used solvent.
In an interview with FastCompany.com, Exxon Valdez worker Merle Savage said the symptoms included nausea, vomiting, liver damage, and dizziness. Cleanup workers in the Gulf are also reporting similar symptoms. What is unacceptable is more effective and less toxic products are available and have been around for years.
Corexit 9500, described by Nalco spokesman Charlie Pajor as the “sole product” Nalco has manufactured for the Gulf since late April, contains propylene glycol and light petroleum distillates, a type of chemical refined from crude oil. Nalco had refused to identify the third hazardous substance in the 9500 formula, but EPA’s website reveals it to be dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate, a detergent and common ingredient in laxatives.
May 2010 report by the Centers for Disease Control stated: “because of the strict guidelines that must be followed to utilize dispersants, it is unlikely that the general public will be exposed (directly) to (the) product.” The report also said: “ingredients are not considered to cause chemical sensitization; the dispersants contain proven, biodegradable and low toxicity surfactants.”
(Yea Right and we all should be dead by now from the Swine Flu)
Video: AIR FORCE DELIVERING WIDE SPREAD AERIAL SPRAYING OF COREXIT
THE SHORT FILM BP DOESN’T WANT YOU TO SEE.
Videos: Woman speaks out about what’s really going on:
Kindra Arnesen says people need to evacuate the situation is grim and her own family is becoming ill with rashes and respiratory problems.
This Venice LA local has been granted full security clearance… has seen the disaster from every possible angle and is NOT impressed.
Hear the horrors of the front lines and behind scenes workings of the BP Gulf Oil Spill Catastrophe.
The REAL REASON Behind the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico – 2010
NOLA Gulf Emergency Summit – Raymond Lotta tells it like it is.(1 of 2)
The Gulf of Mexico is the oil industries laboratory!
Obama is as much to blame as Cheney and Bush, as I have said before in my previous article, the statusquo.