The Advocate Toolkit
Help Ban Toxic Oil Dispersants
Why do communities need to mobilize to ban dispersants?
- Studies have shown that dispersants mix with oil to form a toxic cocktail that can harm humans and the environment.
- The justifications for dispersant use are based on outdated (mostly lab-based) science.
- Dispersants are allowed for use under the National Contingency Plan (NCP); they are not mandated.
- All coastal states and territories have pre-authorized dispersants, meaning they can be used in unlimited quantities without going through an approval process and without public consent.
- Legal action from nonprofits like ALERT is not enough. Real people must get involved in defending their backyard by engaging with local councils to pass resolutions demanding that their state/Tribe revoke and/or ban dispersant use – and pressure the federal government to do the same.