Corexit (often styled COREXIT) is a product line of oil dispersants used to dissolve oil spills. It is produced by Nalco Holding Company, which merged with Ecolab in 2011 and is associated with BP and Exxon.Oil that would normally rise to the surface of water is emulsified into tiny droplets by a dispersant and remains suspended in the water. In theory this allows the oil to be more rapidly degraded by bacteria (bio-remediation) and preventing it from accumulating on beaches and in marshes.Corexit was used in unprecedented quantities during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and became the largest use of such chemicals in the United States.
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