Dispersants : Myths and Facts

March 2019. The National Contingency Plan, which governs our nation’s oil and chemical pollution emergency responses, was last updated in 1994—25 years ago! The Plan governs dispersant use during oil spill response. The most commonly used Corexit dispersants are now known to increase, rather than mitigate, the harm from oil alone to people and wildlife.

Thumbnail photo by ©Julie Dermansky 

#WhatsThePlanEPA Fact Sheet

April 2020. Get the quick facts on why and how we are challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's National Contingency Plan.

Government Publications and Records


  1. NAS, 2022. Oil in the Sea IV: Inputs, Fates, and Effects. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. 

  2. National Response Team, Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) framework, Technical Assistance Document. Jan 26, 2012. 

  3. National Archive and Administration Records (NARA) on the BP DWH oil disaster.

    1. NARA, FOSC Documents, USCG Phase V, Admiral Nash Documents, Dispersants. 7/3/2010 email from EPA Mathy Stanislaus to RDML James Watson and others. Subject: Followup to Yesterday’s meeting.

    2. NARA, FOSC Documents, 2010. Notes from EPA-USCG conference call (22 June 2010), Dispersants. [EPA] Administrator Jackson comments.




Here’s Where BP is Dumping Its Oil Spill Waste (Colorlines)

April 20, 2021

“More than half of the landfills EPA has approved are in communities where a majority of residents are people of color.” By Daisy Hernandez   Read the full article here

BP’s waste management plan raises environmental justice concerns (DissidentVoice.org)

April 20, 2021

The Halliburton loophole allowed BP in 2010 to save millions by dumping at least 40,000 tons of toxic Corexit-laden oil spill waste in nine municipal landfills designed for household waste. The majority were in People of Color communities. Story by Robert D. Bullard for the DissdentVoice.org Read full story  here