We are pleased to respond to the comments on our article concerning the development of the middle distillate degradation (MDD; Hurst and Schmidt, 2005) model that has been raised by Galperin and Kaplan (2008). Our first report involves their assertion that our work is merely an extension of the original Christensen and Larsen (1993) method, which it is not.

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Our publication evaluated degradation rates of middle distillate n-C17/Pr ratios of known spills that occurred not only in a wide variety of climates, but also in aerobic, anaerobic, and anoxic environments. These environments are defined, respectively, by...

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