"Dispersants have not been the first line of defense for oil spill cleanup in the U.S. 

because dispersants present toxicity threats and health threats to those applying the products."  uspoly.com/dispersit 


Do you know the 10 Experimental Chemicals used 

during the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup?  

(Which of these 10?  Do you have any more info? )

How much poison Poison!  


in each of these?


Began summer 1989 - many untested technologies used

 *  Human Toxicity abstract excerpts  on CNS *

Corexit 7664 was applied on Ingot Island, followed by a warm water wash.  No significant change in oil cover or the physical state of the oil was observed as a result of the treatment.  Some ecological impacts were observed in the treated areas.  It appeared that the effects were largely due to the intensive washing more than the use of Corexit 7664

Di 19 Corexit - July 1989   

DEC Monitor that was there:  "I have no knowledge of EXXON medical monitoring only that the Di 19 test was monitored for benzene."  "We were told it was a denatured kerosene with a surfactant added"  The chemicals were sprayed by beach workers from back packs  ... test groups were 30-40 beach workers Knight & then Disk Islands (Called 'postage' stamp tests)


Corexit 9580  *  with some ethylene oxide  Nothing appears hazardous in this MSDS & no chemicals are named, except as an aside, ethylene oxide.  Used prior to having an Material Safety Data Sheet.  One version of Corexit was dropped by airplane into the waters.  An Exxon Product Owned by Exxon.  First MSDS was 7-27-89, the day after EPA gave permission to try chemicals more wide-spread.  Amended on 8-1-89.  Use abandoned mid August  *  This dispersant was tested in Prince William Sound... a large scale test was approved in August.  When evaluated by DEC Research and Development Committee broad-scale application thereafter was not recommended because test results outweighed the possible adverse effects.  The committee recommended using Corexit only on Smith Island, subject to continued review of the effectiveness of recovery procedures by on-scene monitors. (DEC) 


"Exxon - requested EPA permission to use Corexit 9580 M2

(kerosene-based solvent that they hoped would lift oil from the rocks) - toxicity data sketchy" found on the internet & shared by an advance chemical analyst from Britain interested in the Workers of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill cleanup experimental project.


Corexit 9500 with ethylene oxide?  * "As stated in MSDS, once it had one, Corexit 9500 can cause central nervous system depression, nausea, and unconsciousness. It can cause liver, kidney damage, and red blood cell hemolysis with repeated or prolonged exposure through inhalation or ingestion according to the MSDS. The threat to human health via exposure is characterized as 'MODERATE'." uspoly.com/dispersit

Corexit tested by VECO's NORCON union workers - volunteers...

even women  (reproductive damage possible - men & women)  *

"The Corexit 9500 * is the primary chemical stockpiled in Alaska. Unfortunately there are still plans to use this."

Corexit 9527  *  38% 2-butoxyethanol is Bad, Bad, Bad  *

BP 1100x
& a couple of others tested also on Knight 'postage stamp' and Disk Islands
Several beach crews were used they averaged ~30-40 persons on a beach crew
These workers need to be followed up on - Names?


Desolvit-Orange cleaner - CITRICLEAN AND ORANGE-SOLVE  (none most likely)  Orange-Solve was used at the boat cleaning stations. Has d-limonene

more info

'Many people think anything "natural" has to be non-hazardous, 

but that is absolutely NOT true,'  per specialist in product development.


The two products used for the oil spill were Desolvit Multi-Use and Clean Away All Purpose Cleaner.  Attached are the MSDS for Clean Away APC and Desolvit HD-24, the updated replacement for the original Desolvit product used in the spill clean up.  Please call or e-mail if you have any further questions or need anything else.  Thanks for your interest.  7-14-03

 Gary Bower
 Anchorage Division Manager

The MSDSs both state butoxyethanol is present in 'trace' amounts


Simple Green  * Half strength of Inipol EAP 22 for 2-butoxyethanol per today's info

Customblen (none)


Inipol 13    Do you have any info on this one?  Have found workers exposed to this - VRCO of Arctic North Slope Native Assoc said to be the first to bring in the inipol variation chemicals

Inipol EAP 22  *  Some info found! 

- Exxon's product tested by VECO non-union workers -

 overseen by Exxon- Only men - mostly young ... no women workers  * 

 Exxon bought the patent for Inipol 

from the French, 

and then added 22 chemicals 

& it became Inipol EAP 22   


EPA's Technical Bulletin leaves something to be desired  *  *   

Does the current version of Corexit have ethylene oxide? * Is it anything like 409 cleaner?  *

Exxon shouldn't get away with claiming ingredients 'confidential' -  with their 'track' record ... it's just another way of saying too poisonous to disclose.  Hmm... just blood and bone marrow damage... heh?  It won't be better than the first versions... even RCAC objects to its toxicity... whatever they do know about it.

... how many 'experimental' versions had ethylene oxide?  ... 2-butoxyethanol seems 'for sure'

But never mind... the chemicals that are known in the first version of Corexit was both of these.
2-butoxyethanol (Now 38% of the Corexit Exxon wants widespread approval for)
But then Exxon said Corexit only had a 'little'  http://www.valdezlink.com/corexit/pages/de_minimus.htm


Symptoms of Over Exposure to Chemicals... 

ALSO more information on what 2-Butoxyethanol can do to people *


General Info *   

Inipol EAP 22 was ONLY Sprayed from Pontoon Boats  

(When the shoreline was too rocky to use the 'Bioremediation' workers) - Know any of these boats?

'One-arm John' John Selinius worked one of these boats.  A boat capt reports that he did win in a lawsuit against Exxon.

He died in 2002.  Family being sought.


 March 10, 2003 News Article


"If I sound cautious, it's because I am," said Alaska Commissioner of Environmental Conservation Dennis Kelso. "Any chemical treatment . . . carries risks. Just as we would not continue hosing down a beach until everything was clean, but dead, neither would we trade clean rocks for poisoned water." *

Is Dennis Kelso OK today?  He checked a recently 'inipoled' beach end of 1989 season. 

... or Coast Guard Vice Adm. Clyde Robbins, the on-scene coordinator for the spill cleanup - now retired?

...  looking for the workers of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill cleanup!

Looking for volunteers - to check your health

Contact * regarding Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Cleanup Workers


Tribute to those no longer with us *

    to abbreviated web contents - Exxon Valdez Oil Spill -  workers