A task force appointed by the API to make recommndations on the use of dispersants based on studies of current information on dispersants and mechanical recovery equipment concludes that dispersants should be incouraged where they are justified. The use of dispersants can at times be the most effective and biologically sound method of controlling offshore oil spills. The National Contingency Plan should be revised so that the responsible On-Scene Coordinator (OSC) has more authority over the use of dispersants. The OSC should be able to decide to use dispersants to control offshore oil spills that threaten to move into sensitive environmental or commercial areas. Spill cleanup organizations should be encouraged to have stocks of low toxicity dispersant and suitable spraying systems.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 395-398

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  • Accession Number: 00177084
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Pollution Abstracts
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Publication 4284
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1978 12:00AM