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Gulf Update: Some Oil Disappears, Static Kill Seems to Be Working

Back to the beach.

3:00 PM, Aug 4, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Meanwhile, environmental activists and journalists are calling acknowledgement of progress, "Gulf denialism," and are visibly concerned the media's reporting it could "let a crisis go to waste," as Rahm might say.

In another bit of good news that may lead to consternation among lefty activists, it turns out the chemicals used to disperse the oil are no more toxic than the oil, according to the EPA:

The results indicate dispersant-oil mixtures are generally no more toxic to the aquatic test species than oil alone.

"EPA has committed to following the science at every stage of this response -- that's why we required BP to launch a rigorous dispersant monitoring program, why we directed BP to analyze potential alternatives and why EPA undertook this independent analysis of dispersant products," EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said.

Unfortunately, tourism jobs, fishing jobs, and drilling jobs have already been lost thanks to a combination of the oil spill, inaccurate forecasts of oil soiling all the Gulf's beaches, and administration reaction to the oil, which was to shut down drilling so those jobs can move elsewhere.

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