Jul 14, 2010 8:12 PM by Chris Welty
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP's use of chemicals to disperse the Gulf of
Mexico oil spill is coming under renewed scrutiny, as
environmentalists head to court to seek more information about
potential health hazards and a Senate panel plans a Thursday
hearing on the issue.
The company has used at least 1.8 million gallons of dispersants
on the Gulf's surface and 5,000 feet deep at the source of the
Earthjustice filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday in Florida to
force the Environmental Protection Agency to turn over safety
studies on the chemicals.
On Thursday, EPA chief Lisa Jackson is scheduled to testify on
dispersants before the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and
BP says the chemicals have kept much of the spill from reaching
the Gulf coast.