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ACC: U.S. Chemistry Industry Aiding Gulf of Mexico Response

Jennifer Scott, ACC, (703) 741-5813
May 5, 2010

Dispersants, Production Increases, Local Assistance Help Mitigate Impact

ARLINGTON, VA (May 5, 2010) – America’s chemistry industry is providing innovative products such as dispersants that are helping to mitigate the impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil discharge. Chemistry companies are also providing local assistance.  Additional information about dispersants is at http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/learning/disperse.htm.

American Chemistry Council (ACC) President and CEO Cal Dooley issued the following statement:

“We support our fellow Americans on the Gulf Coast as they respond to the recent accident.  Our thoughts are with industry representatives and employees, residents, and federal, state and local governments that are working hard to protect Gulf communities and resources. 

“The chemistry industry has responded swiftly and vigorously to help mitigate the leak’s impact.  For example, Nalco Company is providing chemical dispersant to the scene, while a number of chemistry companies are supplying needed components for dispersant.  We have taken extraordinary steps to increase our dispersant production and institute new coordination measures to meet the need. Other chemistry products with potential applications include detergents and absorbents. We applaud these companies’ prompt action and strong commitment in addressing this challenge.

“Our industry is also offering local help in the response.  Chemistry companies are partnering with bird and animal rescue authorities; providing products to assist with oil removal; offering equipment such as supply vessels, fire and oil containment booms, and radios; and providing technical advice and personnel.  Meanwhile, the chemistry industry is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to expedite chemistry industry production and assistance.”

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