EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is making efforts to alleviate the ongoing BP oil spill in the gulf region. Jackson is visiting this area today, Monday May 10, 2010 through tomorrow, Tuesday May 11, 2010.
Jackson will be meeting with BP officials, the Coast Guard, Louisiana State University Scientists, Tulane University Scientists, and other federal agency scientists and local community organizations. She will be going over EPA’s water and air monitoring, as well as gathering unique knowledge from individuals inside and outside the government on the use of dispersants.
While the U.S. Coast Guard is the lead agency for off shore incidents such as this, the EPA deployed ASPECT on April 28, 2010, a twin engine aircraft to collect air sampling data and take photographs of the oil spill. EPA also has air, water, as sediment sampling data which has been updated regularly.
Jackson will be in Baton Rouge, Robert and New Orleans. She is visiting the gulf region to ultimately help lessen the human health and environmental impact of the spill. More information about the BP Spill in the Gulf of Mexico can be found at http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/.