Full article *  Environment Reporter, Volume 23, Number 51, April 16, 1993, p. 3168, 3169

 Exxon's senior staff biochemist, Roger Prince, makes the following comments in a 1993 Environment Reporter article Environment Reporter, Volume 23, Number 51, April 16, 1993, p. 3169
"While 2-butoxyethanol is biodegradable, it is potentially harmful to mammals if a sufficient amount is absorbed through the skin."


(Since no appropriate protective gear was provided, nor ever could be & with the long continuous hours of work the men had... both breathing vapors and absorbing through the skin, you can see what a recipe for human disaster we have here) just check the MSDS for 2-butoxyethanol & you will see what a sad story for the lives of hundreds of workers!

Also, the article reconfirms the ingredients as found elsewhere.  But if most of what Inipol EAP 22 contained was more oil, lots of carbons, just to deliver the other ingredients... sounds counter productive?  You can say a product is biodegradable if only one ingredient biodegrades.  Is that correct?  At 77 degrees (lab setting) 2-butoxyethanol was said to be biodegradable.  .  . that it was water soluble and volatile... not so with tri(laureth-4)phosphate which is stable... and who knows what we have if these 2 should combine!  The complex phosphate is no longer used in Inipol EAP 22

As it has been said before, the best help to the cleanup of the Exxon Valdez oil spill... was the tides & ocean storms:  that took the oil and the chemicals elsewhere & diluted it.  Even burning the spilled oil right away is better than dumping such chemicals into our environment.  Some people have come across the chemicals accidentally with immediate blood in their urine (doctor documented).  Sounds as though transporting and heating the product ...handling it in any way... was extremely risky for any worker.

Doing nothing for these workers is not an option!

If you hear of any oil spill workers, please have them call 1-888-853-5333

It is time to find the workers and hear what they have to say. *

The focus of everyone was on the environment; however, if you can't apply it without certain health damage... & worse, it's not worth doing!  

2-butoxyethanol *, It's a dry cleaning solvent...  causes all the things that the MSDS says it does:

hemolytic anemia, the body's premature destruction of the red blood cells...

also Clinical depression - a CNS damage,

skin damage,






...& at some point even cancers should be showing up.   Very sad...


EPA had only conditionally approved the bioremediation experiment 7-26-89, saying they had little info to know whether it would work environmentally (no comment on whether it was safe for the workers):

 EPA to Exxon:  "As you are aware, all data to make a definitive recommendation on the efficacy of bioremediation are not available at this time"& that "If monitoring results demonstrate any adverse environmental effect, the application of the fertilizer should be terminated immediately."  *


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