The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a series of important steps to protect people, wildlife and the environment from chemical dispersants used to break apart oil after spills. These rules would place new limits on chemicals and require better testing to make sure they don't cause added harm.
The proposal comes nearly five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the nation's largest oil spill. More than 2 million gallons of dispersant were used in response. And yet the harms of injecting such large quantities of chemicals into very deep water, as BP did, have never been studied; scientists believe it may be linked to the continued spread of underwater plumes of oil.
It's imperative that this rule be as strong as possible to keep even more toxic chemicals out of our waters in the event of future oil spills.
April 6, 2015 Action Alert ID# 204
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