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EPA Softens Stance Use of Dispersants in Gulf

3:42 PM MDT | June 7, 2010 | Nancy SeewaLd

Several days after ordering BP to stop using Nalco’s Corexit dispersants to break apart oil in the Gulf of Mexico, EPA amended its directive to prohibit use on the water surface only. BP can continue to use Corexit under the water, and on the surface “under specific conditions,” EPA says. EPA’s revised directive is meant to reduce the volume of dispersants used in the Gulf of Mexico by at least half. The agency softened its stance after BP balked at EPA’s initial demand that it find an alternative to Corexit within 72 hours of the initial May 20...

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