BP Vs. EPA: British Petroleum Won’t Meet EPA Mandate
BP has not met the mandate from the Environmental Protection Agency that it use a less toxic dispersant, saying it can’t find one; but another manufacturer says it can fill the bill, and the EPA says it’s “not satisfied” and is launching an investigation. BP CEO Tony Hayward is seen watching workers clean up a beach in Ft. Fourchon, LA.
Early Tuesday, the White House’s energy adviser backed up [BP’s] assertion about dispersants’ availability. “There are not as many being manufactured as people thought in the quantities” needed, said Carol Browner, in a round of television appearances on morning news shows. “We need to determine whether or not those alternatives are available, and the EPA is doing that, but in the meantime, EPA has directed BP to use less of the dispersants and they’re required to follow that.”
But the makers of Dispersit – a product rated by the EPA as twice as effective as Corexit and one-third less toxic – refute these claims. They said Monday that they could meet BP’s demand and that the ingredients of their dispersant are public.
EPA administrator Lisa Jackson says she “isnot satisfied that BP has done enough” to find alternatives.
“The science of dispersants has not in any way kept up with the science and technological ability to extract fossil fuels, and that is a huge disconnect and is one that I recommend that we remedy,” Administrator Jackson said.Click here for reuse options!
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