Sunlight weakens chemical dispersants used to cleanup oil spills, research shows

Read the full story in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. See also the press release from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

The more sunny the day, the less effective the controversial chemicals used to cleanup large oil spills. That’s according to new research showing that sunlight greatly diminishes the potency of oil dispersants, including the ones sprayed across vast areas of the Gulf of Mexico during the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.

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