What kind of chemicals are in the oil dispersants?



  1. emc
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    The use of oil dispersants has been widely criticized because of the toxic nature of the substance. Chemicals such as 2-butoxy-ethanol, butanedioic acid, sorbitan, propanol, and petroleum distillates make up the composition of the dispersant Corexit. While using dispersants does help prevent oil slicks from reaching some shores and preventing even more birds and sea animals from becoming drenched in oil, it does not remove the oil from the ocean as skimming would. The oil sinks so that it cannot be carried along the surface to be deposited on beaches.

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