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Hair Donated For Oil Cleanup Gets Pulled

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Hair Donated For Oil Cleanup Gets Pulled

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Hair Donated For Oil Cleanup Gets Pulled

Hair Donated For Oil Cleanup Gets Pulled

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BP says it has no plan to use hair booms in its gulf oil spill clean-up. A San Francisco-based environmental organization started a drive to help create these booms earlier this month, asking beauty salons and animal groomers to collect and send hair and fur clippings to the gulf coast. BP maintains that the absorbent booms they're now using are the best product for the job and they've had some difficulties in the use and disposal of hair booms in the past.

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

Oil isn't the only thing collecting in the gulf. Hair and fur are piling up in Louisiana warehouses. The San Francisco-based environmental group Matter of Trust started a drive earlier this month for castoff hair.

The plan was to stuff it into hair booms and help clean up the gulf. We told you about it a couple of weeks ago.

Well, it turns out that BP currently has no plans to use these booms. Spokesman Mark Salt told NPR today that the absorbent boom now in use is the best product for the spill.

Salt said in an email that the - we quote - hair boom, while absorbent, has had some difficulties in its use and disposal, as well as undetermined environmental effects.

Meanwhile, the hair drive continues on the Matter of Trust Web page.

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