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14. What's the Bottom Line?

Dispersants provide an effective tool for oil spill response on open water when conditions are appropriate. Some of the contents of the "spill response toolbox" include, in clockwise order from the upper left, dispersants, skimmers, booms, and burning. Dispersants are usually used in conjunction with these other cleanup techniques.
 

Graphic: Open-water response tools remove oil or mitigate its effects.
Last updated Tuesday, May 29, 2012 11:55am PDT