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"People immediately began raising questions," says Marianne Engelman Lado of environmental law firm Earthjustice. "People started feeling respiratory problems, getting rashes, some reported vomiting."
"People asked BP, people asked the government what is in these products? The government said, we can't tell you...it's secret."
That response triggered Freedom of Information Requests from several environmental watchdog groups and a lawsuit to force federal officials to make the information public. Earthjustice eventually had their request granted confirming potential dangers.
According to an Earthjustice report released Monday, two formulas both manufactured by a company called Nalco were used in the Gulf, Coreexit 9500 and 9527.
They're just two of the 14 U.S. approved dispersants which altogether include 57 ingredients.
It remains unclear which of the ingredients were used as part of the Coreexit formula, but among the total 57 ingredients approved,
5 were associated with cancer
33 were associated with skin irritation, rashes to burns
33 were linked to eye irritation
11 were suspected respiratory irritants
10 were suspected kidney toxins.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
We won't know the true effects of this mess for 20 years, and now there is pretty good evidence that the sea floor is seeping oil again, and they are out laying boom again.
This prompted reporters from the Moblie Press-Register to hire a boat and travel to the site themselves. Reporter Ben Raines wrote of his experience: “Floating in a boat near the well site, Press-Register reporters watched blobs of oil rise to the surface and bloom into iridescent yellow patches. Those patches quickly expanded into rainbow sheens 4 to 5 feet across. Each expanding bloom released a pronounced and pungent petroleum smell.”