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amborin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-22-10 02:22 PM
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After 1 month & 600,000 Gallons of Corexit, EPA tells BP: "Stop" But BP Disses EPA & Continues
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Corexit is so toxic, it's banned in Britain.

Scientists have railed against its use. It's main purpose is cosmetic.

BP already dumped 600,000 gal of Corexit; This Thursday, our EPA told BP to find something less toxic. But BP continues to use Corexit.

Why is BP allowed to do this?

more on Corexit here: ...

Can cause moderate irritation. Harmful if absorbed through skin.

May be harmful if swallowed. May cause liver and kidney effects and/or damage. There may be irritation to the
gastro-intestinal tract.

Harmful by inhalation. Repeated or prolonged exposure may irritate the respiratory tract.

Acute :
Excessive exposure may cause central nervous system effects, nausea, vomiting, anesthetic or narcotic effects.
Chronic :
Repeated or excessive exposure to butoxyethanol may cause injury to red blood cells (hemolysis), kidney or the

Skin contact may aggravate an existing dermatitis condition.
Contains ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (butoxyethanol). Prolonged and/or repeated exposure through inhalation
or extensive skin contact with EGBE may result in damage to the blood and kidneys."

Based on our hazard characterization, the potential human hazard is: High


Our hazard evaluation has identified the following chemical substance(s) as hazardous. Consult Section 15 for the
nature of the hazard(s).

Hazardous Substance(s) CAS NO % (w/w)

Corexit was reformulated again as the new and improved Corexit 9527, now with up to *38%* super-strength neurotoxin 2-butoxyethanol. But hey - why stop there?

Currently used in the Gulf of Mexico: COREXIT(R) EC9527A with a whopping 30 - 60% by weight of your favorite mutagen and hepatotoxic insecticide 2-butoxyethanol. Exxon was pretty much able to weasel out of any health and environmental testing so it's just never *been* tested at any strength, even back in the whimpy 13% Inopol days.

2-Butoxyethanol 111-76-2 30.0 - 60.0

Organic sulfonic acid salt Proprietary 10.0 - 30.0

Propylene Glycol 57-55-6 1.0 - 5.0


But both oil and oil spill dispersants are known to cause a variety of health effects in animals, she added, "including death and a variety of sublethal impacts including reduced growth, reproduction, cardiac dysfunction, immune system suppression, carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic effects and alterations in behavior."

Lisa Jackson, EPA, said that Corexit is at most one-tenth "as toxic as oil." -...
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