NALCO, makers of Corexit: “Corexit is a simple blend of six well-established, safe ingredients that biodegrade, do not bioaccumulate and are commonly found in popular household products.“
The official story claims 1.8 million gallons of Corexit was used in the Gulf of Mexico. Independent reports show up to 40 million, and that was a year ago – Corexit use has not stopped yet! Read Dr Riki Ott’s letter to the EPA about this. Video: Al Jazeera’s Dahr Jamail:
(Portions from The Telegraph September 8, 2011, with *additions* by editors of this blog:)
The energy giant has sprayed 1.8m gallons of Corexit into the sea to break up the oil released when its Deepwater Horixon rig exploded and sank, killing 11 men.
But the practice was strongly criticised over a lack of scientific studies into it effects and the manufacturer’s reluctance to reveal the product’s chemical make-up.
*The nonprofit environmental law group Earthjustice, in July of 2010, filed a lawsuit in federal court to force the EPA to release all available information about the dispersants that were being dumped in large quantities into the Gulf of Mexico. Here is the result:
Potential Impact on Human Health
Of the 57 chemical ingredients, 5 are linked to cancer: 1 is a possible human carcinogen, 1is a likely human carcinogen, 1 caused cancer in tests on rats, 1 caused cancer in animal tests with unknown relevance to humans, and 1 causes effects that can later lead to cancer in humans. Continue reading