"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? )
in each of these?
Began summer 1989 - many untested technologies used
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
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.
with ethylene oxide? *
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."
& 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?
'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.
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
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
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)
and Ethylene Oxide. http://www.state.nj.us/health/eoh/rtkweb/0882.pdf
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,"
"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!
Contact * regarding Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Cleanup Workers
Tribute to those no longer with us *
to abbreviated web contents - Exxon Valdez Oil Spill - workers