We Must Insist EPA Do Something About Dispersants in the Gulf [Take Action]

As you all know I have been screaming about the use of dispersants since day 1. The ONLY reason given by BP and unified command to use dispersants is to keep the oil from rising to the surface and impacting shorelines and shore animals. Well guess what, the oil is still impacting shorelines and shore animals AND now BP has seriously compounded this unfortunate issue by essentially pulling most of the oil into the water column and to the sea floor where we not only cannot see it, but we cannot CLEAN it up either! Not only that, but now it is even more toxic to our Gulf's food web and the workers on the scene; research shows that dispersants increase the bioaccumulation of the carcinogenic components of oil by anywhere from 12 to 50,000 times, this ultimately will impact the very species the dispersants are supposed to be protecting, along with the humans involved in cleanup and those who depend on and eat these species.

Even though EPA realized this conundrum and asked BP to stop using dispersants, BP was legally allowed to say, no. BP is allowed to use these dispersants because the EPA has them on their National Contingency Plan Product Schedule. To get on this list industry does short term testing; if it is found years later that there are long term effects (like with dispersants) there is no process set up to get a product removed from this list and EPA and citizens are then powerless to stop companies from further polluting our homes! This is simply unacceptable.

We CAN do something and stop feeling powerless; we CAN insist that the Environmental Protection Agency actually protect the environment; we CAN promise to inconvenience ourselves and make at least 1 small change which collectively will make 1 huge difference; we CAN use our voices to demand BP keep their promise to "make us whole"; we CAN insist that our country be a people's democracy and not a corporate democracy. If enough people speak up we CAN make changes happen which will move us toward a cleaner, healthier, richer, happier country; we CAN make a difference, together.

We must demand that EPA create a process to remove harmful products from the list. Write your letters TODAY!  A postcard will due, just be sure it is hand written! Pass this message to everyone you know. Help us get 1 million letters to EPA by August 1st! Below is a sample letter. Feel free to modify it in any way you see fit. Definitely mail it to Lisa Jackson (address below). If you want to make more of a difference mail her the letter once per week. If you want an even greater impact, mail the letter to all you senators and representatives (don't know who yours are? Need an address? Go here: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml and here: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/ (click on your state and then the name to get mailing address)

Lisa Jackson
USEPA Headquarters
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W.
Mail Code: 1101A
Washington, DC 20460


Dear Lisa Jackson (or the name of your legislator):

I am gravely concerned about the use of dispersants and EPA's inability to stop BP from using them in the Gulf of Mexico. I implore you to amend the National Contingency Plan Product Schedule to include a process to delist products. Further, you must use this new process to delist, effective immediately, products that contain human health hazards and proprietary compounds, first and foremost dispersants. Fast-tracking this process is essential to the health of our Gulf, the workers on the Deepwater Horizon scene and all of the Gulf Coast residents and their visitors.

Your name
Your address


Other talking points you may or may not like to add:

  1. The use of dispersants has criminally escalated the mortality to marine life from the oil release in the Gulf.
  2. The use of dispersants has grievously complicated the clean-up of the oil in the Gulf region.
  3. The use of dispersants has shamefully magnified the intergenerational harm of this oil catastrophe.
  4. The use of dispersants has injuriously impacted public health and worker safety in the region.


Chasidy Fisher Hobbs

Emerald Coastkeeper, Inc. - www.emeraldcoastkeeper.org

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