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2010-10-31 08:15:00

U.S. officials said on Friday that testing has helped confirm that chemicals used to disperse oil from the BP spill have not made their way into fish, crabs, shrimp or oysters from the Gulf of Mexico. The officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that tests of over 1,700 samples show that less than 1 percent had any trace of chemicals at all, and the ones that did had very low levels. "This additional round of...

2010-10-29 13:48:00

All Samples Test Within Safety Threshold SILVER SPRING, Md., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Building upon the extensive testing and protocols already in use by federal, state and local officials for the fishing waters of the Gulf, NOAA and FDA have developed and are using a chemical test to detect dispersants used in the Deepwater Horizon-BP oil spill in fish, oysters, crab and shrimp. Trace amounts of the chemicals used in dispersants are common, and levels for safety have been...

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2010-09-27 14:15:00

On Monday, an independent commission kicked off a two-day meeting in Washington to investigate the massive oil spill from the BP-leased rig that set off the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. The commission, which was set up by President Barack Obama, will probe the use of controversial chemical dispersants to combat the spill, government decisions made during the disaster and the U.S. moratorium on deepwater drilling. Former senator and commission co-chair Bob Graham said during...

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2010-09-21 11:00:00

Below the surface, thousands of marine creatures are still in danger from Gulf oil disaster University of Georgia oceanographer Samantha Joye, like most scientists, always has a plan. Especially when it involves complex, expensive research cruises. But the Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout, and the enormous environmental destruction it is causing, forced her to change the way she works. "As an oceanographer, you are trained to make these detailed cruise plans," notes Joye. "Everything is...

2010-09-02 09:00:00

MILFORD, Mass., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published two rapid screening methods for chemical dispersants in sea waters using Waters® ACQUITY UPLC®/Quattro Premier(TM) XE (UPLC/MS/MS). These analytical procedures were developed by Dr. Lawrence Zintek, National Organic Methods Development Expert, and Dr. David Schroeder, US EPA Region 5 Chicago Regional Laboratory (CRL) in collaboration with Dr....

2010-08-25 14:40:43

Prosanta Chakrabarty works with visualization expert to map data on extent of oil and chemical impact on wildlife To establish a baseline for measuring and predicting the biological impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a LSU ichthyologist and an Ohio biomedical informatics researcher are using Ohio Supercomputer Center, or OSC, systems to help map data on the extent of the spill and chemicals and the distribution of various fish species. "We know very little about deep-sea life and even...

2010-08-23 12:26:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- In a side-by-side laboratory study looking at both Gulf and Atlantic seafood samples, The Daily Beast profiled large shrimp, crabmeat and red grouper, and the results demonstrated no detectable amounts of selected polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or dispersant ingredients. Under FDA protocol, federal and state authorities each must determine that any patch of water is both free from oil and chemicals, both presently and in the near-term. Then, the state...

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2010-08-16 13:33:51

Researchers measuring impacts of short- and long-term exposure in extensive Gulf Coast marshes As oil and dispersants wash ashore in coastal Louisiana salt marshes, what will their effects be on these sensitive ecosystems? The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a rapid response grant to scientist Eugene Turner of Louisiana State University and colleagues to measure the impacts on Gulf Coast salt marshes. The researchers will track short-term (at the current time, and again at three...

2010-08-16 11:46:00

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorney Stuart H. Smith, representing the United Commercial Fishermen's Association, the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, public and private entities, and citizens harmed by the BP oil catastrophe, today issued this statement: "Independent analysis by toxicologists dispute FDA claims made in the last few days that chemical dispersants used by BP during the oil catastrophe may not accumulate in marine animals. "In fact, in a full report by...

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2010-08-03 06:25:00

A new study showed on Monday that dispersants mixed with crude are no more toxic to marine life than oil alone and the type used by BP in the Gulf of Mexico is no worse than any others. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered toxicity tests on eight types of dispersants, including Corexit 9500A, which was used widely by BP to break up the oil slick in the Gulf. An earlier study on the toxicity levels concluded, as BP had always maintained, that Corexit was no more toxic than...


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