+ The EPA announced the results of its preliminary tests on the safety of chemical dispersants, and found “that none of the eight dispersants tested, including the product in use in the gulf, displayed biologically significant endocrine-disrupting activity.” The agency promised additional testing and upheld its order for the company to use less of the chemicals.
+ BP Vice President Darryl Willis, who is overseeing the claims process for BP, met with officials in Pensacola (more after the jump).
+ When it comes to assessing whether the water is safe for swimming, Escambia County officials have no choice but to “wing it.”
+ Remember those dangerous FEMA trailers that drew criticism after Hurricane Katrina? They’re back.
+ Gov. Crist asked BP for $50 million to boost tourism.
+ Rumors fly about a BP cover-up. No, the company isn’t dumping clean sand on top of oil-soaked beaches, officials say.
+ As expected, Hurricane Alex pushed more tar balls onto beaches in the panhandle.
Meet Darryl Willis
He’s that affable Louisiana native from those BP commercials touting its claims process. He met with Gov. Crist’s Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force at the University of West Florida yesterday.
They talked about delays processing some claims — especially those filed by businesses.
Willis and other BP representatives left the session before members of the audience had their turn commenting on the claims process. Jeff Taggart, who co-owns Pensacola Beach Marina, said Willis’ figures and reassurances are “nothing but damage control.”
Taggart’s perspective comes from 50 days of waiting for payment from BP. Of his $91,000 in business loss claims from lagging charter fishing and boat fuel sales, Taggart has been paid $30,000.
See also: This NPR profile of Willis.
BP burning turtles?
A coalition of environmental groups has filed a lawsuit accusing BP of incinerating endangered sea turtles in controlled burns.
According to the Associated Press, a lawyer for environmentalists believes the turtle deaths are a “virtual certainty.”
BP spokesman Mark Proegler said the company has tried to avoid accidentally burning turtles, using crews in boats to look for turtles before oil is burned. He said they can stop the burns if any turtles are spotted.
The notion that turtles may have been accidentally burned is “appalling,” Proegler said.
A judge will hear arguments calling for an injunction to halt the oil-burning tomorrow.
Their fair share: BP bills Anadarko, which owns 25 percent of the Deepwater Horizon rig, for 25 percent of cleanup costs.
Stopping the cops: The ACLU puts Louisiana on notice over uniformed police officers on BP’s payroll.
Infographic overload: Looking to track the oil spill impact along Florida’s coast? This convoluted interactive map from the Division of Emergency Management is unlikely to help.