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Stop Dumping Toxins in the Gulf of Mexico

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The dispersant being used in the Gulf of Mexico by BP is causing irreparable harm to the gulf ecosystem. The chemicals are known to be toxic, and to cause severe harm to fish, wildlife and humans. Autopsies done on rare Kemp turtles that were found early on dead in the gulf revealed that the died of the dispersant not the oil. Autopsies on other species showed brain damage from these chemicals. It is banned in other countries because of it's toxicity.

We demand that BP be ordered to halt use of Corexit.

The first line of action should focus on siphoning as much oil from the water as possible. Oil not collected, should be treated with a non-toxic sorbent, which will be easier to clean. No dispersant should be used because it breaks up the oil, mixing it with seawater and submerging it. The result is that the ships are not able to contain it on the surface.

The only reason BP uses dispersant is to hide the amount of oil being leaked. We demand that the safety of the ecosystem be the top priority in the clean-up and the use of dispersant is banned.


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