EPA Updates Rules To Monitor Oil Spill Cleanup Chemicals

Law360 (July 7, 2021, 6:43 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has updated monitoring requirements for dispersants used in response to oil spills, updating a portion of its emergency response plan that environmental groups have criticized as allowing too much of the chemicals to be used. 

The EPA said on Tuesday that monitoring the use of dispersants — chemicals used to break up spilled oil into smaller droplets to help the oil degrade — during oil spills can provide information on their effectiveness, how they impact the environment and how much are used. 

"These changes will help ensure that the emergency response community has the relevant information they...

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