Better Living Through Chemistry?

A New York Times (NYT) article sides with the EPA’s decision to use the dispersant Coreexit in response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In the NYT article they state, “Extensive testing of Gulf of Mexico seafood by federal scientists has found only minute traces of the dispersant Corexit, which was used to break up oil from the BP spill, officials say. About 1.8 million gallons of dispersant were applied to the waters’ surface and at the wellhead, nearly a mile undersea.”

Previously some environmental groups were critical of the use of dispersants and the potential for long-term effects on the in area. But according to the NYT, “Of 1,735 tissue samples analyzed, only 13 showed trace amounts of dispersant residue, in concentrations well below safety thresholds established by federal agencies.”

Another example of “Better living through chemistry”?

See the NYT article here


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