EPA employee: FDA, NOAA revealed "they are doing a cover up" when testing for Corexit


Is the Gulf of Mexico safe?, Dahr Jamail, November 4, 2010:

On October 29 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced in a press release, new chemical testing for BP's dispersants. ...

Statements by senior policy analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) office of solid waste and emergency response Hugh Kaufman regarding the press release:

  • "They say it perfectly clear: the purpose of the test they developed is to make the public confident, not whether the seafood was safe or not."
  • "They selected the one compound that doesn’t bio-accumulate, as opposed to testing for the toxic ingredients that have a low safety threshold and do build up in tissue. They are not looking for those.
  • "They want to be able to tell the public the seafood is safe. But if you are going to test seafood to see if it’s safe or not, you want to test for the ingredients of Corexit that have a low safety threshold and do bio-accumulate in tissue."
  • "However, if you want the public to think everything is fine, then you do what they said in their press release they are doing, which is to look for an ingredient with a high safety threshold that doesn’t build up in tissue."
  • "They told you they are doing a cover up, how they are doing the cover up, and notwithstanding that, they still have some positive results for chemicals."
  • "BP called most of the shots, and that was the problem, and clearly from this press release, looks like they still are. The more the public thinks everything is back to normal, the less people who were harmed by the mess will be reimbursed. Follow the money..."

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