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.
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.
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.