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TODAY: Administrator Jackson, Rear Admiral Landry to Hold Press Conference Call to Discuss Dispersants

Release Date: 05/24/2010
Contact Information: Alisha Johnson, johnson.alisha@epa.gov

WASHINGTON - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry will hold a press conference call at 3:30 p.m. CST/4:30 p.m. EST to discuss BP's use of dispersants to address the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Members of the press interested in participating should dial in 15 minutes prior to the call. Reporters should dial 888-539-8821 and give the conference ID number, which is 77895444. The call name is “EPA/Coast Guard Call on Dispersants.” Those dialing in internationally should dial 706- 758–2093 and use the same conference code and conference name.

On Thursday, EPA directed BP to analyze available pre-approved dispersants for toxicity and effectiveness and report back within 24 hours. The directive called for a 72-hour window to analyze the options – that window closed on Sunday night. After receiving BP's response to the directive Thursday, EPA and NOAA scientists immediately called a meeting with BP scientists to discuss BP’s response. EPA and NOAA have been reviewing the science and Administrator Jackson and Rear Admiral Landry will announce the next steps on this call.

WHO: EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, USCG Rear Admiral Mary Landry

WHAT: Press conference call to discuss dispersants

WHEN: Monday, May 24 at 3:30 p.m. CST/4:30 p.m. EST

DIAL-IN: Members of the press interested in participating should dial in 15 minutes prior to the call. Reporters should dial 888-539-8821 and give the conference ID number, which is 77895444. The call name is “EPA/Coast Guard Call on Dispersants.” Those dialing in internationally should dial 706-758– 2093 and use the same conference code and conference name.