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Those concerned with managing oil spills have been struggling for the past 15 to 20 years to improve the application and effectiveness of dispersants. Progress has been slow and uneven, especially in the United States where the attitude of regulatory agencies has been to downplay the use of dispersants. This paper takes a serious (occasionally irreverent) approach to the problem of dispersing oil, using some different viewpoints than have been used in the past.
air blowers, air cushion vehicles, chemical treatment of spilled oil, dispersant(s), dispersant application methods and equipment, equipment cleaning, helicopters, homogenizers (mixere-mulsifiers), hydrofoils, low toxicity chemical agents, oil spills, submarines, viscoelasticity
President, Illinois Chemical Corp., Highland Park, IL