BP has told the Environmental Protection Agency that it cannot find a safe, effective and available dispersant to use instead of Corexit, and will continue to use that chemical application to help break up the growing spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP was responding to an EPA directive Thursday that gave BP 24 hours to identify a less toxic alternative to Corexit -- and 72 hours to start using it -- or provide the Coast Guard and EPA with a "detailed description of the alternative dispersants investigated, and the reason they believe those products did not meet the required standards."
There has been virtually no testing of the effectiveness or the effect of the dispersant under the conditions it's currently being used and many suspect that the its only role is a policy of 'out of sight, out of mind' that is nor providing any solutions.
Obama's reaction is to appoint a commission. Some estimates suggest that fishing in parts of the Gulf could be ruined for a decade or more. BP has lied and obfuscated throughout this disaster. Why are they still making the decisions?
BP has basically given the finger to the EPA and thus to the Federal Government. Such is the power of corporations today that they can get away with this.