Friday, July 2, 2010

Corexit -- It Tastes Like Candy!

Manufacturer's MSDS for Corexit 9500

I highly urge all of you to read the official Material Safety Data Sheet for the dispersant that is being dumped into the Gulf by BP. Highlights include:

-- "Keep away from heat and sources of ignition. Do not smoke."

-- "Keep container tightly closed. Do not get in eyes, on skin, on clothing. Do not take internally. Avoid breathing vapor. Use adequate ventilation."

-- "ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES: Restrict access to area... Stop any leaks... Ventilate spill area... Do not touch spilled material. Remove sources of ignition... Use personal protective equipment."

-- "ENVIRONMENTAL PRECAUTIONS: Do not contaminate surface water."

-- "RESPIRATORY PROTECTION: ...a positive pressure, full-facepiece SCBA should be used... institute a complete respiratory protection program..."


-- "Our hazard evaluation has found this product to be hazardous... Immediate (Acute) Health Hazard"

Now, after all that:

"The human risk is: Low"
"The environmental risk is: Low"

And of course, if you read through the thing, this chemical happens to be exempt from having to be tested, reported if spilled and all the rest. The United States is the only country in the WORLD which allows Corexit to be used in open waters -- it is banned by law everywhere else. Ask yourself why that is, then ask yourself why millions of gallons of it have been dumped into the ocean by boats and sprayed onto the water by aircraft. Wake up.

UPDATE: According to the EPA, Corexit also contains 0.16ppm of arsenic. As a flavor enhancer, I suppose.

"Nalco issued the following statement related to today’s release of EPA dispersant test results:

“We are pleased that the EPA’s initial testing results of dispersant alternatives continue to show the safety of our COREXIT 9500 dispersants,” said Dr. David Horsup, Division Vice President, Research and Development for Nalco’s Energy Services division."

EPA Says No Danger To Workers

Nalco is owned by Goldman-Sachs. Nalco is a subsidiary of BP. Goldman-Sachs owns BP. BP is buying Corexit from itself and making money on the cleanup. The whole thing is a giant circle-j...

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