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The use of chemical dispersants on hazardous petroleum spills has become standard practice. Fire departments inject small percentages of chemical into the firehose stream to disperse gasoline and other flammable petroleum fractions into the water column to eliminate explosion and fire hazard. There are also economical and practical considerations why this should be done with a variety of accidental oil spills on land or water. Past practices in this field are reviewed and future directions indicated.
dispersant chemical, pollution cleanup, fire hazard control, intertidal aquatic life, physical recovery, chemical eductor system, response procedure, conditions applicable, oil type applicable, time frame, cost, equipment needs
Sunshine Chemical Corp., West Harford, Conn