EPA Requires Toxic Dispersant!! Oil Clean-up More Toxic Than Doing Nothing!!!

 

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Well played. 

From the Environmental Research, there’s a new article stating that the the dispersant required by the Environmental Protection Agency for clean up of oil spills, like the Deep Water Horizon spill, increases the toxicity 52 fold!

The study found that mixing the dispersant with oil increased toxicity of the mixture up to 52-fold over the oil alone. In toxicity tests in the lab, the mixture’s effects increased mortality of rotifers, a microscopic grazing animal at the base of the Gulf’s food web. The findings are published online by the journal Environmental Pollution and will appear in the February 2013 print edition.

imageRotifers have long been used by ecotoxicologists to assess toxicity in marine waters because of their fast response time, ease of use in tests and sensitivity to toxicants. In addition to causing mortality in adult rotifers, as little as 2.6 percent of the oil-dispersant mixture inhibited rotifer egg hatching by 50 percent. Inhibition of rotifer egg hatching from the sediments is important because these eggs hatch into rotifers each spring, reproduce in the water column, and provide food for baby fish, shrimp and crabs in estuaries.

Can someone please tell the EPA to quit trying to help us!!!  Everything they do is bassackwards! 

“What remains to be determined is whether the benefits of dispersing the oil by using Corexit are outweighed by the substantial increase in toxicity of the mixture,” said Snell, chair of the School of Biology. “Perhaps we should allow the oil to naturally disperse. It might take longer, but it would have less toxic impact on marine ecosystems.”

This, of course, is almost always the better answer.  Let nature do its thing.  But, that doesn’t satisfy the lunatic left, who put more emphasis on showing concern than actual results. 

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14 Responses to EPA Requires Toxic Dispersant!! Oil Clean-up More Toxic Than Doing Nothing!!!

  1. DirkH says:

    Similarity with the Alaska oil spill, what was it, the Exxon Valdez? The beaches that got cleaned with hot water vapor beams took longer to return to normal microbiological activity than places that were left alone. Bjorn Lomborg mentions it in The Skeptical Environmentalist. The hot vapor sterilized all remaining life including the lifeforms that could have digested the oil residues.

  2. HankH says:

    So maybe the EPA will now be held co-responsible with BP for the damages? Wishful thinking, I know.

  3. Latitude says:

    ..considering that the gulf seeps millions of barrels of oil each year…….naturally

    I laughed my rear off after the Horizon spill….
    fishermen down here were claiming and collecting all kinds of money from them….by showing them “natural” tar balls

  4. leftinbrooklyn says:

    Classic.

  5. DaveG says:

    EPA, IPPC, MSNBC, NYT, ZERO and Harry Reid = all toxic to the environment!

  6. kim2ooo says:

    Once upon a time:

    There was a water reed problem.

    The great minds at US Agricultural and US Wildlife – found an answer.

    Late 1940s –

    In the late 1940s, nutria were promoted as biological agents for controlling aquatic weeds, primarily water hyacinth, and were transplanted throughout southeastern Louisiana. Rapid population growth followed for several years thereafter. Annual pelt harvest records and damage reports were the primary source of information on population dynamics at that time.

    Mid-1950s –

    At this time, reports started coming in describing the damage done to marshes, rice and sugarcane fields, and levee systems, as nutria populations soared to 20 million animals. Biologists described areas where nutria had completely denuded natural levees at the mouth of the Mississippi River. The marsh had been weakened by severe over-grazing, and in 1957, Hurricane Audrey hit southwestern Louisiana. Its storm surge further weakened the marsh as a huge wave of seawater pushed thousands of nutria inland, accelerating the rate at which the animals spread. Soon after, reports of agricultural damage increased, and in 1958 nutria were taken off the list of protected wildlife
    http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/aquatics/nutria.shtml
    Legal Status

    The nutria is classified as a Prohibited Aquatic Animal Species (WAC 220-12-090). Due to this classification, all live-trapped nutria should be euthanized and not returned to the wild. (See Trapping Wildlife for information, including euthanization.)

    http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/nutria.html

  7. kim2ooo says:

    Reblogged this on Climate Ponderings and commented:
    And now; For the rest of the story.

    Louisiana Had the answer once again.
    Hire a chef [ Phillippe Parola ] and make it appetizing sounding. Brought to you by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries.

    Nutria Hind Saddle with Mustard Sauce

    2 hind saddles of nutria
    2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    1/3 cup chopped celery
    1/3 cup chopped onion
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    1/3 cup chopped carrots
    3 teaspoon Tony Chachere’s seasoning
    1/2 teaspoon crushed rosemary
    1 cup white wine
    1 cup water

    Place oil, celery, onions and carrots in a pan; set aside. Rub each hind saddle with one teaspoon Tony Chachere’s seasoning, two tablespoons Dijon mustard and 1 1/2 teaspoons rosemary. Place hind saddles on top of other ingredients in the pan. Place uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

    Remove from oven and add one cup white wine with water to the pan to a depth of 1/4 inch. Cover pan with plastic wrap, then cover again with aluminum foil. Place back in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour. (Until well done). Use drippings for sauce. Serves 6.

    Ragondin a l’Orange

    2 hind saddle portions nutria meat
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1 cup orange juice
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    2 cups white wine
    1 tablespoon Soya sauce
    orange zest, minced
    salt and pepper to taste

    Mire Poix:
    1/3 cup chopped celery
    1/3 cup chopped carrots
    1/3 cup chopped onion

    Bouquet Garni:
    1 bunch fresh thyme
    1 bunch parsley
    bay leaves

    Place oil, mire poix and bouquet garni in a pan; set aside. Rub each hind saddle with brown sugar and salt and pepper to taste. Place saddles on top of other ingredients in pan. Place, uncovered, in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes.

    Remove from oven and deglaze with white wine, Soya sauce and orange juice. Cover pan with plastic wrap, then cover again with aluminum foil. Place back into oven for 45 minutes to one hour until meat is tender. Break meat off bones. Place on plate then garnish with vegetables, sauce from pan drippings and orange zest. Makes 4 servings.

    Nutria Fettuccini

    Mire Poix:
    1 chopped onion
    1 chopped carrot
    1 chopped celery stick
    2 cloves garlic

    Bouquet Garni:
    1 whole clove
    1/2 bunch parsley
    4 black peppercorns

    Pasta:
    2 lbs. cooked fettuccini
    3 mushrooms, sliced
    1 clove garlic
    fresh spinach to taste
    1 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, minced
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    parmesan cheese to taste
    1 red bell pepper, minced

    Nutria:
    1 hind saddle nutria
    2 quarts cold water
    1 cup red wine
    salt and pepper to taste
    1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
    1 teaspoon Louisiana hot sauce

    Bring water, seasonings, mire poix and bouquet garni to a boil. Add nutria meat and simmer for 1 hour or until tender. Remove meat and break meat off bones. Discard any gristle or silver skin.

    With olive oil sauté garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers and spinach for 3 to 4 minutes. Then add nutria meat and sauté for 3 minutes until hot. Add fettuccini, sauté and serve, topped with parmesan. Makes 4 servings.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,26008,00.html

  8. philjourdan says:

    When you declare dihydromonoxide and carbondioxide to be pollutants, the only recourse left is to declare toxins to be safe. Welcome to 1984, Obama style.

    • suyts says:

      No doubt. Our pollutants aren’t just safe, but necessary.

      • cdquarles says:

        Just wait, there’s more. Always refuse to define the toxin and the dose-response curve. Then refuse to acknowledge that toxins all have thresholds or that biological organisms do have metabolic pathways to deal with the toxins that are always found in the environment, most of these being synthesized by bacteria, fungi and plants.

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