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BP Oil Spill Update: Napolitano Demands Transparency in Cleanup Efforts


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BP Oil Spill Update: Napolitano Demands Transparency in Cleanup Efforts

May 21, 2010 – This week, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano slammed BP’s lack of communication in the Gulf Coast oil spill disaster, and ordered the company
to create a website containing accurate sampling data of the spill within 24 hours.

In a letter to BP CEO Tony Hayward, Napolitano condemned BP’s lack of communication with the public and federal government, saying the company’s efforts “have fallen short in both their scope and effectiveness,” the letter said. “The public and the United States are entitled to nothing less than complete transparency in this matter.”

Also this week, The EPA ordered BP to use a less-toxic product in its cleanup efforts. “Given the unprecedented use, EPA wants to ensure BP is using the least-toxic approved product,” the EPA said in a statement Thursday.

The EPA said it has not yet identified significant effects of dispersants on marine life, but it is still urging caution due to the unprecedented use of chemicals. The agency said it will continue to “closely scrutinize” BP’s activity.

“EPA still reserves the right to stop BP’s use of dispersants under water entirely if the science indicates that this dispersant method has negative impacts on the environment that outweighs its benefits,” the agency said.

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