Senate Grills Officials Over Use Of Oil Dispersants

Law360, New York (August 4, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT) -- U.S. government officials on Wednesday defended the use of dispersants to combat the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but told a Senate panel that more needed to be done to fully understand the long-term impact of the chemicals.

Speaking before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Paul Anastas, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development, said no dispersants had been used in the Gulf since July 19, but that the agency was continuing to monitor their effect.

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