US EPA lists chemicals in oil spill dispersants

10 June 2010 23:00  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Dispersants being used to aid in the management of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico contain several common petrochemicals, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed on Thursday.

EPA has provided on its web site a list of the chemical components of COREXIT 9500 and 9527, dispersants produced by Nalco of Houston, Texas, that are the main products being used to treat the spilling oil.

The chemical components of the dispersants include: 2-Propanol, 1,2-Propandiol, at least one ethanol derivative (which is in only COREXIT 9500), at least one butane derivative, several sorbitol derivatives called sorbitans and several petroleum distillates.

BP has used more than 759,000 gallons of surface dispersants and 245,000 gallons of subsea dispersants.

BP said it has 455,000 gallons of dispersants available for use.

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By: Frank Zaworski
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