- Mar 27, 2009
- Reaction score
- Naperville, IL
- Political Leaning
BP refuses EPA order to switch to less-toxic oil dispersant
IMO if BP does not follow the order given by EPA, the federal regulatory agency with the authority to make that order, the U.S. Marshals need to start arresting people.Reporting from Los Angeles and Elmer’s BP has rebuffed demands from government officials and environmentalists to use a less-toxic dispersant to break up the oil from its massive offshore spill, saying that the chemical product it is now using continues to be "the best option for subsea application."
On Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave the London-based company 72 hours to replace the dispersant Corexit 9500 or to describe in detail why other dispersants fail to meet environmental standards.
The agency on Saturday released a 12-page document from BP, representing only a portion of the company's full response. Along with several dispersant manufacturers, BP claimed that releasing its full evaluation of alternatives would violate its legal right to keep confidential business information private.
Ah, the opening scene from a Sci-Fi B-movie. Corrupt, greedy oil company + weak, ineffective government oversight and regulation = giant fish monster."While the dispersant BP has been using is on the agency's approved list, BP is using this dispersant in unprecedented volumes and, last week, began using it underwater at the source of the leak — a procedure that has never been tried before," the EPA noted last week, acknowledging that "much is unknown about the underwater use of dispersants."