|Tell the EPA to Regulate Toxic Oil Dispersants!
Tar balls, dead dolphins, and sick Gulf residents remain in the headlines across the Gulf Coast leaving questions about the long-term impacts of the oil -- and the chemicals used to disperse it -- on our seafood, shorelines, and public health.
Tell EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson we need rules that will regulate toxic oil dispersants!
When we were in crisis, nearly 2 million gallons of chemical dispersants were dumped into Gulf waters with little knowledge or research into the chemicals' toxic impacts. Currently, regulations dictating how and where dispersants can be used are based solely on their effectiveness at breaking up oil.
Tell the EPA that we need to learn from our mistakes. We need to set standards for dispersants that protect public health and the environment!
The Sierra Club and our allies have petitioned the EPA to rewrite regulations on dispersants -- we need your help to push the EPA to start right away! The EPA needs to require more extensive toxicity testing, establish criteria to define the acceptable use of dispersants, and require full and public disclosure of the ingredients in dispersants.
Please write EPA Administrator Jackson and urge her to create regulations for dispersants that prioritize safeguarding our environment and the health of our communities.
Thanks for all you do for our Gulf Coast,
Gulf Coast Campaign Director
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