Sign if you agree: The EPA must ban toxic oil dispersants

The email below is from Dr. Riki Ott, a marine toxicologist and CREDO activist in Cordova, Alaska. Dr. Ott started a petition on CREDO Mobilize, where activists can launch their own campaigns for progressive change. Will you help Dr. Ott pressure the Environmental Protection Agency to ban the use of toxic oil dispersants by signing her petition and sharing it with your friends and family?

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Dear 5849376,

I'm Dr. Riki Ott, a marine toxicologist and former Alaska commercial fisherman who experienced the devastation of the Exxon Valdez oil spill firsthand. My focus is on raising public awareness of the debilitating and life-threatening impact of oil and oil dispersants on human health. I work with the Government Accountability Project to expose the truth about deadly dispersants.

After the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, I traveled to coastal communities in the Gulf of Mexico and saw firsthand the damage inflicted by the oil itself and the chemical dispersant Corexit that was used to cover up the magnitude of the damage. Corexit and other toxic oil dispersants move oil beneath the sea surface, where it sinks or forms tar mats and washes ashore – harming wildlife and threatening human health for decades after its use.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) originally said it would regulate dispersant use by this fall, but it recently announced a two-year delay. That's why I started my own campaign on, which allows activists to start their own petitions. My petition, which is to the EPA, says the following:

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the worst environmental disaster in American history. BP's experimental use of Corexit dispersants made the problem worse by causing more harm to wildlife and people. Ban toxic dispersants without delay to avoid repeating the same public health and environmental tragedies that the EPA allowed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tell the EPA: Ban the use of toxic oil dispersants. Click here to sign the petition.

Corexit dispersants were tested during the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil disaster in Alaska and found to harm people and the environment. The same Corexit products were used following the devastating 2010 BP oil disaster, despite manufacturer's warnings to "not contaminate surface water" since the potential human health hazard is "high."

True to warnings, many studies have found that the effects of oil and dispersant combined are more deadly than oil alone to sea life and people, especially children. Whistleblowers further exposed the truth behind Corexit in the Government Accountability Project's investigative report, "Deadly Dispersants in the Gulf."

When the EPA finally opened its public comment period on rules governing dispersant use, public opposition to these deadly chemicals outnumbered industry support by 60 to 1. The EPA promised new rules governing dispersant use in fall 2016 to make things right before Obama leaves office, but now the EPA says the rules won't be ready until August 2018, 17 years after the process was first initiated.

This delay undermines the EPA's mission and harms our oceans – and people. As deepwater drilling expands off U.S. coasts, other oil disasters are inevitable. So is dispersant use, as every coastal state has pre-approved use of toxic Corexit dispersants. The EPA must act now to ban the use of toxic dispersants so we don't let the same tragedy that EPA allowed in the Gulf of Mexico to happen in other places and to other families.

Will you join me and add your name to my petition urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ban the use of toxic oil dispersants?

Thank you for your support.

Dr. Riki Ott

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