EPA: 1st Tests Show Dispersants Equally ToxicThe NYTimes seems to have posted it at 3:30, not AP, as other outlets have this piece at other times.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: June 30, 2010
Filed at 3:30 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON (AP) -- EPA officials say their first round of testing on chemicals used to break apart the oil in the Gulf of Mexico shows all the available dispersants are generally equally toxic.
Paul Anastas, EPA's assistant administrator for research and development, said Wednesday that the testing also showed the chemicals are far less toxic than oil. He said none of the chemicals had dangerous effects on the sea life tested.
The chemicals break oil into smaller particles that are easier for microbes to consume.
Anastas says the chemicals break down in weeks or months, while it takes oil years to biodegrade.
This month, the Congressional Oversight Panel, a body charged with reviewing the state of financial markets and the regulators that monitor them, published a 337-page report on the A.I.G. bailout. It concluded that the Federal Reserve Bank of New York did not give enough consideration to alternatives before sinking more and more taxpayer money into A.I.G.
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