Reveal Dispersant's Toxic Secrets
Since the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 22nd BP has dumped tons of a mysterious chemical dispersant into the Gulf of Mexico. Another 805,000 gallons is on order.
It's a trade secret brew of solvents, surfactants and other compounds that breaks oil into small particles that disperse into the sea.
Experts -- including the EPA -- are growing concerned that the toxic soup could seriously harm fragile underwater wildlife, damage ecosystems and persist in the food chain. No one really knows if the dispersants are less harmful to the environment than an oil slick on the ocean surface.
Elected officials must protect the Gulf of Mexico and Americans who make it their home. Tell Congress to compel companies to reveal the chemical makeup of dispersants dumped into the Gulf.
Dear [elected official],
Hundreds of thousands of gallons of chemical dispersants have been dumped into the Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon accident on April 22.
I am very concerned that the immediate and long-term effects of these secretive chemicals are largely unknown. The ecosystems of the Gulf and the Americans who live on its shores could feel the impact of this disaster for decades to come.
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The horrific scope of this disaster should take priority over "trade secret" privileges enjoyed by chemical manufacturers. We have a right to know what the long-term impact will be of the dispersant chemicals being used by BP. Please do all you can to find out.