28 Sep '11, 12am

BP Oil Dispersant Corexit Contained Cancer-Causing Agents

BP Oil Dispersant Corexit Contained Cancer-Causing Agents

Cynthia Sarthou, executive director of the Gulf Restoration Network , says that lab studies have shown that the chemicals in Corexit have caused cancer, eye irritation, and respiratory problems in lab rats. But this is not new information. BP knew that Corexit was not the best choice in oil dispersants, but chose to use that chemical anyway. Studies by the EPA showed that Corexit was far less effective on the type of crude oil that was leaking from BP ’s broken well, and there were in fact at least 12 other dispersants that would have worked better. Those same studies also showed that the other 12 more effective dispersants were also less toxic than Corexit. Think Progress points out that the choice to use Corexit instead of more effective, less toxic competitors could easily stem from the fact that the company that produced Corexit, Nalco, was formerly owned by Exxon and ...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/bp-oil-dispersant-corexit-conta...

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