The Environmental Protection Agency informed BP officials late yesterday, reports The Washington Post, that the company has 24 hours to choose a less toxic form of chemical dispersants to break up its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Environmental Protection Agency informed BP officials late yesterday, reports The Washington Post, that the company has 24 hours to choose a less toxic form of chemical dispersants to break up its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and must apply the new form of dispersants within 72 hours of submitting the list of alternatives.

The concern is that the dispersants, pose a significant threat to marine life in the gulf.

BP has been using two forms of dispersants, Corexit 9500A and Corexit 9527A, and to date has applied 600,000 gallons on the surface and 55,000 underwater, according to the Post. Read the rest of the story here.

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