NOAA Administrator: Still ONLY sniffing seafood, NO chemical test for dispersant — But we’re working on it

BP relief well work suspended as storm approaches in Gulf of Mexico, Los Angeles Times, August 11, 2010:

NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco [said]: There can’t be any visible oil, and seafood samples must pass smell and chemical tests for the presence of hydrocarbons. …

[T]rained specialists sniffing samples for chemical traces, are also used to detect residue from the dispersants used to break up the oil. But the agency has not yet designed a chemical test to pick up dispersants in seafood.

We are working to develop one,” Lubchenco said…

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