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Corexit 9500a

Dispersants and Oil Spills. Tradeoffs and a Lesson in Risk Perception.

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Ropeik

The dispersants used to break up the oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill are indeed toxic, but no more so than the oil itself. They reduce the mechanism by which the oil suffocates or harms some wildlife.