Wednesday, June 16, 2010

BP Dispersant Highly Toxic, Suspected in Widespread Crop Damage

Thanks, BP - just use mega-toxins that are banned in your own damn country! What a buncha crap - where the hell is Gov-corp's lame-ass EPA when you need them? Not working on our behalf, that's painfully obvious! Clearly they're too timid to demand much of anything from BP, for all the comical posturing to the contrary. This is going to end up everywhere, folks. And depending on the kind of hurricane season we have, it may be in your ground water (and food) sooner than you think. Sweet pygmy Jesus, just get me a bubble to live in, I'll be bubble girl. Does anyone have a used Biosphere for sale?
This is from the SF Chronicle, by way of Coto Report:

By Yobie Benjamin, SF Chronicle
Just when you thought the damages BP could cause was limited to beaches, marshes, oceans, people’s livelihoods, birds and marine life, there’s more.
BP’s favorite dispersant Corexit 9500 is being sprayed at the oil gusher on the ocean floor. Corexit is also being air sprayed across hundreds of miles of oil slicks all across the gulf. There have been widespread reports of oil cleanup crews reporting various injuries including respiratory distress, dizziness and headaches.
Corexit 9500 is a solvent originally developed by Exxon and now manufactured by the Nalco of Naperville, Illinois. Corexit is is four times more toxic than oil (oil is toxic at 11 ppm (parts per million), Corexit 9500 at only 2.61ppm).
In a report written by Anita George-Ares and James R. Clark for Exxon Biomedical Sciences, Inc. titled “Acute Aquatic Toxicity of Three Corexit Products: An Overview” Corexit 9500 was found to be one of the most toxic dispersal agents ever developed.
According to the Clark and George-Ares report, Corexit mixed with the higher gulf coast water temperatures becomes even more toxic. The UK’s Marine Management Organization has banned Corexit so if there was a spill in the UK’s North Sea, BP is banned from using Corexit.
The danger to humans can be expected. The warnings on the Corexit packaging is straightforward. Breathing in Corexit is not recommended.
It seems NALCO Corexit is also dangerous to crops.
It seems like damage brought by the oil gusher has spread way beyond the ocean, coastal areas and beaches. Collateral damage now appears to include agricultural damage way inland Mississippi. Read the rest.

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