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New understanding of clean-up technologies and monitoring of oil spills. T. Lunel and R. Swannel. Paper. Proc. Conf., Oil spill response, 10--11 March 1998, publ'd Inst. Petrol., London, pages 132--160.

The response to the Sea Empress spill is described which has demonstrated the net environmental benefit that can result from an understanding of the natural oil fate process and a gearing of the response techniques to enhance the rate of these fate processes. Dispersant application, surf washing and bioremediation are discussed with reference to the fate of oil on the shoreline. The fate of oil in the water column, in sediments, and on the sea surface is examined. 25 refs.

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