The Secret Ingredients in Corexit, and the EPA
A New York Times
article dated June 9, 2010 titled
“Ingredients of ControversialDispersants Used on Gulf Spill Are Secrets No More”
exposes the “quiet” posting onit’s website of the controversial “secret ingredients” in Nalco’s Corexit product line.“U.S. EPA has quietly released a full list of ingredients in the twocontroversial dispersants BP PLC is using to combat the Gulf of Mexicooil spill, following weeks of complaints from members of Congress andpublic health advocates that the dispersant manufacturer had kept itscomplete formula a secret from the public.”Apparently, the EPA didn’t even inform Nalco that it was going to post them up,prompting many to believe it was done in response to public outcry on the volume andmethod of application of this controversial oil dispersant product line (Corexit9500/9527A).
The NY Times
reports:“The mysterious appearance on EPA's website of the specific chemicalcomponents in Corexit 9500 and 9527 -- more than 1.1 million gallons of which have been sprayed in Gulf since the disaster began -- came as asurprise to environmental groups as well as to Nalco Holding Co., theproducer of the dispersants. Nalco spokesman Charlie Pajor said thecompany was first informed about the full release of Corexit ingredientsby
, not EPA.”“Nalco's reaction to the lack of notification from the agency is "beside thepoint," Pajor added. "We did share the complete information with EPAand relevant government agencies. Clearly we didn't want to share thisinformation with our competitors, but we certainly understand the need for information sharing."