Gulf Seafood Gets Chemically Tested for Oil, Not Dispersant
by Marian Wang
NOAA, the FDA and the Gulf states have been rigorously testing Gulf seafood for oil-doing smell tests with teams of human sniffers, and performing chemical tests for the harmful polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, found naturally in crude oil.
But they’re not chemically testing-at least, not yet-for the presence of oil dispersant. BP has thus far applied more than 1.7 million gallons of one chemical dispersant, Corexit, to the Gulf. (The lack of dispersant testing for seafood has been mentioned by The Palm Beach Post and CNN, but we first noticed toward the end of this Los Angeles Times piece.)