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EPA's Stanislaus just doesn't get it.


I have posted about the deadly effects of dispersants over and over again. All of those posts can be found here.  This problem, the threats to our health and the health of the ocean and its sea life, isn't hard to understand. In fact, it's easy, and yet our own EPA seems to have a collective mental block... maybe an intentional one.

Exhibit 23789437438792437:

Commission members expressed skepticism about some of the testimony about dispersants and oil waste from Mathy Stanislaus, the Environmental Protection Agency's assistant administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. [...]

"While the use of dispersants represents an environmental tradeoff, it's important to understand that oil is the No. 1 enemy and dispersants are not as toxic and the oil they break down," Stanislaus said. "Dispersants break down over weeks rather than persisting for years as oil might."

Ahh, I get it.  Dispersant is bad, but oil is much worse. Oh, so it's all relative? Okay then, let's see, if I smoke a cigarette with a filter, it's not as "toxic"? If I stand in front of a compact car instead of a Hummer and let it hit me, it won't be as deadly? I'll only get smushed instead of pulverized?  I see.

Hold on to your booms, it gets worse:

But when Stanislaus said that tests of oil collected as waste showed it wasn't hazardous, he was challenged by commission member Terry Garcia, an executive vice president of the National Geographic Society.

Terry Garcia is a smart executive vice president:

"You say the dispersant is not as toxic as the oil, but you're saying the solid waste that contains the oil is not dangerous and is being dumped in a non-hazardous landfill. How is that possible?" Garcia said.

Stanislaus said the EPA has used independent monitoring to assure themselves that there's no danger, but promised to keep monitoring.

Speaking of sludge/tar ball landfill, did you see this video I posted the other day?< Now back to Stanislaus's hokum already in progress:

"We do believe the process needs to be changed," Stanislaus acknowledged.

Um, yeah. One might say that. And Stanislaus himself just did, which says it all.

FYI, Stanislaus is Hugh Kaufman's boss. Hugh is the one who linked me to this article, and he is also a senior policy analyst at the EPA’s office of solid waste and emergency response.

If you want to read something even more disturbing, take a look at this piece (which includes input by Dr. Riki Ott, marine toxicologist and foremost authority of the Exxon Valdez disaster), sent to me by Barkway.


VIDEO: Toxic sludge, tar balls, Gulf waste "guarded by the police??"


I have e-mailed the producer of this video. Hopefully, I'll have a follow-up soon. Meanwhile, just watch (h/t: Marc R):

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