As I have previously noted,
Corexit is toxic, is less effective than other dispersants, and is
actually worsening the damage
caused by the oil spill.
Now, two toxicologists are saying that
Corexit is much more harmful to
human health and marine life than we've been told.
Gulf toxicologist Dr. Susan Shaw - Founder and Director of the Marine
Environmental Research Institute - dove
into the oil spill to examine the chemicals present.
Shaw told CNN:
If I can tell you what
happens — because I was in the oil
— to people…
Shrimpers throwing their nets into water… [then]
water from the nets splashed on his skin. …
[He experienced a]
headache that lasted 3 weeks… heart palpitations… muscle spasms… bleeding
from the rectum…
And that’s what that Corexit does, it ruptures
red blood cells, causes internal bleeding, and liver
and kidney damage. …
This stuff is so toxic
combined… not the oil or dispersants alone. …
very toxic and goes right through skin.
reason this is so toxic is because of these solvents [from dispersant] that penetrate
the skin of anything that’s going through the dispersed oil takes
the oil into the cells — takes the oil into the
organs… and this stuff is toxic to every organ system in the
marine biologist and toxicologist Dr. Chris Pincetich - who has an
extensive background in testing the affects of chemicals on fish - says
that Corexit disrupts cell membranes.
He also explains that EPA
toxicity testing for Corexit is woefully inadequate, since EPA testing
for mortality usually only requires a 96-hour
time frame. His doctoral research found that fish that were alive at 96
hours after exposure to pesticide were dead at two weeks, so the
chemicals were considered non-lethal
for the purposes of the test.