Although initial reports stated the oil dispersant called Corexit was as safe as Dawn soap, recent studies have shown that Corexit contains carginogens and other harmful substances. Earthjustice, in collaboration with Toxipedia, released a report finding that of the 57 ingredients listed in various mixtures of Corexit:
5 chemicals are associated with cancer;
33 are associated with skin irritation from rashes to burns;
33 are linked to eye irritation;
11 are or are suspected of being potential respiratory toxins or irritants;
10 are suspected kidney toxins;
8 are suspected or known to be toxic to aquatic organisms; and
5 are suspected to have a moderate acute toxicity to fish.
Furthermore, dispersed oil is able to cross cellular barriers, which means Corexit plus oil is a toxic soup that is even more harmful to life than either one alone.
But if dispersants are not the answer, what is?
Bioremediation Inc. is a state-of-the-art company providing products for the application of bioremediation methods to eliminate hazardous environmental pollutants from contaminated soils and ground water. Bioremediation products work by providing, absorbing, controling, cleaning, and bio-degrading contaminants in an environmentally responsible and safe manner.
The EPA says "The potential use of bioremediation technologies is significant, as federal & state governments, private industry and others responsible for environmental cleanup efforts add it to their arsenals of methods for environmental reclamation."
Bioremediation works in minutes. Yes, minutes. In the incredible video below, a bioremediation product is applied to a gasoline spill on the sidewalk. You can literally see the microbes in the product eating the hydrocarbons and fuel right in front of your eyes. Within minutes, the spill is gone.
So why, then, did the EPA allow BP to spray Corexit, which is banned in virtually every country except the United States, when such a simple, healthy, cost-effective solution was available?
I don't know. If you know, please comment below.
And please call your Congressperson and demand that BP stop spraying dispersants and start using Bioremediation!
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