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BP Oil Spill Information

2010 August 31

What methods that EPA is using to provide information to the public on the BP spill are the most effective? Which of these methods could be adapted to other EPA programs?

Throughout our response to the BP oil spill, EPA has sought to provide complete and accurate information about cleanup status; air, water, and sediment quality; possible health effects; and other information relating to the spill. Outreach methods include publishing information online, participating in public events, and holding face-to-face meetings. EPA wants to know which communication methods you find effective and which you’d like to see EPA adapt for use in other programs.

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  1. Sue Briggum of Waste Management permalink
    August 31, 2010

    Perhaps the most important aspect of EPA’s handling of the oil spill was its establishment of clear guidelines for public participation and outreach. The guidelines assured that communities would have ready access to testing and analysis, information about contractors hired to perform services, and the assurance that EPA was overseeing procedures and disposal sites. Communications were more thorough and transparent than previous practice. Expectations were clear, so the responding parties knew what to do.

  2. Steve Sauls of Florida International University permalink
    September 1, 2010

    Other than our meeting with the Deputy Administrator, and a few news articles about stopping the dispersant usage, EPA’s role was not clear. EPA could take a stronger, more visiable role in protecting South Florida’s coastal waters with an expanded oil detection sensing network…..important to detect impacts of the Horizon spill and expected oil drilling in Cuban waters.

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