The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which predicated the Clean Water Act of 1972, has violated that very law. In granting BP any sort of permission to utilize Corexit under the water and offshore, the EPA clearly exceeded its autonomy and mandate. We are calling for both BP and the EPA to be held accountable. Protect The Ocean demands that all use of Corexit (or any other offshore use of any “dispersing agent” cease immediately.
Corexit was approved for a very specific purpose — coastal oil spill cleanup. It was approved to be utilized in a very specific manner: sprayed (droplets, not mist) from airplanes or boats, over the oil slick. The approval goes into very exact language as to how the product should be utilized, and even talks about mitigating possible consequence to the humans spraying the product. It was NEVER cleared for deployment UNDER the water, nor offshore, nor at such depths. Temperature, pressure and environment all come into play, and those factors cannot be ignored. As a chemist, Lisa Jackson knew this… and yet she allowed BP to proceed. [Read more…]