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The lesser of two evils seems to be a product called Dispersit, manufactured by Polychem, a division of U.S. Polychemical Corporation. In comparison, water-based Dispersit is toxic at 7.9-8.2 ppm; Dispersit holds about one third of the toxicity that Corexit 9500 presents. Dispersit is a much less harmful water-based product which is both EPA approved and the U.S. Coast Guard’s NCP list. So why isn’t it being used?
Dispersit has a demonstrated effectiveness of 100% on the lighter South Louisiana crude, and 40% on Pruhoe Bay’s heavier crude. Exxon’s Corexit 9500 is just 55% effective on SL and 55% effective on PB. On an average, Dispersit is 70% effective, and may prove 100% effective, while 9500 is an average of 50% effective, with a maximum effective use of just 55%.
In summary, Dispersit in relation to other products available today, is:
- More effective
- Less toxic to marine life
- Works in fresh, brackish, and salt water
- Completely safe for people who contact it during application
Originally posted by NoJoker13
So in conclusion oil is a virus to combat HUMANITY!
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
Originally posted by maybereal11
Workers got sick during the Exxon Valdez clean-up.
While I was searching for more reports on this situation, I had stumbled upon a few press releases, and a couple of not so agenda free articles that mentioned the Valdez health issues, in a few of those they mentioned that there was a settlement with Exxon, and part of the settlement was the victims had to promise not to mention their cases.
Is that true? I
But shortly after Exxon turned over the medical reports, the oil company asked the court to bar public access to the records. The Anchorage Daily News obtained a copy of the report before a state court judge agreed to seal the record.
The internal Exxon documents show workers clogged Exxon's makeshift clinics in the Sound all summer. Every week from early June to mid-September, clinics treated 300-500 cases of "URI," health industry code for upper respiratory infections. The category includes any symptoms commonly seen with colds and flu. By the end of the summer, the visits totaled more than 5,600.
Names and Social Security numbers are blacked out on the 180-page computer print-out, so it is not possible to tell how many listings are for the same patients seeking repeat care.
Other internal Exxon memos that Mestas obtained suggest Exxon didn't want health officials looking closely at work conditions.
Gould, Exxon's chief of medicine, wrote in an internal company memo that union experts visiting the spill zone were on "a fishing expedition."
He also cautioned that NIOSH was pursuing the data so it could do a Health Hazard Evaluation, which is done to determine if workers are being exposed to any health hazards on the job.
"We do not need an HHE and should try and avoid it if possible," Gould wrote.
Congressional briefing Feb. 25, 2008 3
“When you have sick wildlife and you have sick people, and they are sick because of the same chemical…”
The first sick EVOS cleanup workers started calling me in May 1989. Sick former workers have continued to call me ever since for nearly 19 years. These people are from all over the United States. Their commonality is that they worked on the EVOS cleanup in 1989. They also share a lot of illness symptoms. As one told me in 2003,“I thought I had the Valdez Crud in 1989. I didn’t think I would have it for 14 years.”
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
How many others are keeping quiet regarding health concerns due to the disaster in the Gulf? This woman kept quiet for weeks, in fear that speaking up could cost her husband's employment.
Included in the article is another Hayward quote...
"Food poisoning is clearly a big issue," HE said. "It's something we've got to be very mindful of."
Thanks Dr. Hayward
Kindra is advocating that BP provide clean up workers with protective masks, BP's response?
Graham MacEwen, a spokesman for BP, says the company isn't providing masks because their air monitoring shows there's no health threats to workers.
Must be the food?
(visit the link for the full news article)
La. to OSHA: Investigate oil spill cleanup safety
BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana health and environmental officials are asking federal safety officials to make sure workers cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are being protected.
Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine and Environmental Quality Secretary Peggy Hatch say that daily reports of injuries and illness have them worried that workers don't get proper protection. They asked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Friday to investigate.
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
Louisiana now requesting OSHA to take a good look and make sure that the clean up workers are safe:
I live close to the Gulf Coast, what will I notice?
The BP Oil Spill in the Gulf could cause an odor similar to that of a gas station for communities along the affected coast.
Is the odor bad for my health?
This odor may cause symptoms such as headaches or nausea. For your own comfort, limit your exposure to the odor by staying indoors. To the extent possible, close windows and doors, turn your air conditioner on and set to a recirculation mode. If you are experiencing severe incidents of nausea or other medical issues, please seek care as soon as possible.
What if the odor gets worse?
Wind and weather will play a role in the strength of the odors. Please stay tuned to your local news stations and newspapers for further information. The gas station-like odor will likely persist over the next few days. You will be notified to take additional precautions if federal and state agencies learn of worsening conditions.
What is causing the odor?
The odor you may smell contains the same chemicals as the gas you use to fill your car. These chemicals are classified as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), specifically: benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and naphthalene. These VOCs can be smelled at levels well below those that would cause health problems.
What is EPA doing to monitor the air?
EPA is working around to clock to monitor air quality and keep communities informed. There are currently five active air monitoring systems stationed along the Gulf Coast.
BOULDER—A detailed computer modeling study released today indicates that oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico might soon extend along thousands of miles of the Atlantic coast and open ocean as early as this summer. The modeling results are captured in a series of dramatic animations produced by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and collaborators.
May 24, 2010 — Adam Abraham introduces two men who, together, have developed a safe, organic, NON-TOXIC way to remediate the Gulf Oil spill, restoring the sea's ability to sustain the microscopic base of the food chain. www.buildingabetterworldgreen.com