Chemical Dispersants & the Clean Water Act

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Chemical Dispersants and the Clean Water Act



Dedicated to and in Memory of Walter B. Parker (1926-2014), an invaluable advisor to the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization

A lover and guardian of Earth’s seas and complex ecosystems, Mr. Parker, who internationally opposed the use of dispersants since 1968, peer reviewed this paper and asked that we continue our work to implement effective non-toxic solutions in oil spill response. Mr. Parker held many key positions including serving as Oil Spill Commission Chairman in 1990 and was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission in 1995. He helped to oversee Alaska’s progression as a young state, influencing the formulation and implementation of such major legis- lation as the National Fisheries Act, Alaska National Interest Lands and Conservation Act, and Oil Pollution Act.

Mr. Parker’s unwavering devotion to Alaska was accentuated by his service as a senior fellow at the Institute of the North at Alaska Pacific University. He recently served on the boards of the Prince William Sound Science Center, Oil Spill Recovery Institute, Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council, Pacific Environment, and North Pacific Research Board and was awarded the Alaska Center for the Environment Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.

His guidance will be sorely missed but lives on through this work and the work of many dedicated groups carrying forth his important environmental protection legacy.