In February, The Oregonian ran a story about how seal oil, also called blue seal oil or blue seal slime, is the main ingredient in the paint used to seal paint on cars, trucks and other cars.
But the paint company that makes the seal oil did not respond to a request for comment about whether the seal slime is used in its products.
The Oregon Health Authority is investigating, but the seal industry is not yet willing to talk.
“It’s very unusual for the seal company to be saying that their seal oil is not in their products,” said Scott Bensch, a paint and seal-making consultant in Eugene.
“That’s a little scary to them.”
Benshy said that in some cases, seal oil may be used in the production of seal slime.
But that would be a little different than the seal manufacturer putting seal slime in their seal products.
“The seal industry has a lot of history with seal slime and they’ve been very upfront about it,” Bensh said.
“They don’t want to make any accusations or to be accused of any wrongdoing.”
But he said it’s not uncommon for seal slime to be used.
In the early 1990s, seal slime was used in seal oil production in California, said John S. Miller, a seal expert at the University of Utah.
It was not until 2005, however, that California began testing for seal oil residue in seal slime from seal oil and found a higher percentage of the substance was made from seal slime than previously believed.
Miller said the state is working to make seal slime more traceable to the seal-manufacturing process and to develop a test to detect the seal residue.
Seal slime is the largest industrial pollutant in Oregon.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the total annual emissions from seal-sealing facilities in the state are approximately $6.3 billion.
A 2014 study by the Oregon Public Policy Institute found that seal slime can be used to make paint thinner and to improve the performance of sealant on sealant seals.
It found that while the paint industry has been very transparent about the use of seal oil in seal seal slime products, the industry has not provided sufficient information to the public about how they make seal oil.
“I think they just want to stay quiet,” Miller said.
Miller also said the industry would be happy to provide information on the use and contamination of seal-spray products to the state’s environmental agency, but that they would not be willing to make the materials available to the agency.
“At this point in time, I think we can make some progress in the industry to understand the problem, to find out how it happened, to identify who is responsible and make sure it’s corrected,” Miller told Newsweek.
“But we want to be sure that there’s accountability.
We want to see that the sealer and seal slime manufacturers are held accountable.”