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Exclusive: Gulf oil dispersant contained extremely toxic carcinogen

(Read Part I: Gulf seafood poses long-term health risks and Part II: Heavy metals go untested in Gulf.) A major potential long-term health concern left in the wake of BP’s catastrophic oil spill is the nearly two million gallons of dispersant sprayed over and pumped into the Gulf, scientists say.…

Lawmakers focus on chemical used in Gulf cleanup

Lawmakers pressed government scientists Wednesday to explain what effects a chemical used to get rid of oil will have on the Gulf’s ecosystem, even as a new report by the Obama administration characterized the effort as remarkably successful. BP applied nearly 2 million gallons of a chemical dispersant to the…

BP, Coast Guard ignored order to stop using dispersants: report

BP continued spraying large amounts of a controversial dispersant onto the surface of the Gulf of Mexico even after an EPA order to stop doing so, the Washington Post reports. According to the Post, BP used a loophole in the EPA’s order that allowed the Coast Guard to rubber-stamp “exemptions”…

Marine biologist claims US Coast Guard involved in Corexit spraying

A marine biologist working with a group of environmentalists to save sea turtles claims the U.S. Coast Guard is involved in spraying a toxic chemical dispersant over the Gulf of Mexico; and he says it has already traveled inland. “Do I think there’s dispersants coming in and mixing with our…

Videographer: It’s raining oil in Louisiana

It may be a prank — or it may be raining oil in Louisiana. A videotape posted on the Russia Today news site shows an amateur cameraman filming oil-slicked streets in River Ridge, a suburb of New Orleans. The camera pans across oil running down the streets and into storm…

BP ignores government order to stop using toxic oil dispersant in Gulf

Professor says chemicals ‘worse than oil’; Corexit substance also known as ‘deodorized kerosene’, poses risk to man and animal alike After initially approving a chemical oil dispersant called Corexit, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency retracted it’s allowance and ordered British Petroleum to stop dumping the mysterious chemical substance by Sunday.…

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