Modern oil spill contingency planning and oil spill response operations must weigh the feasibility and effectiveness of all response options. This inevitably leads to assessing the role of dispersants in preparedness and response. Unfortunately, the use of dispersants is sometimes colored by a high degree of emotionalism, misconception, and occasionally even misinformation, all of which serve to undermine the common goal to minimize the negative impact of an oil spill on the environment. Yet there have been many cases when dispersants have been used very effectively in oil spills.
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