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Originally posted by FearNoEvil
Someone needs to ask Sen. Nelson where Tampa Bay will be evacuated to.
If they have a last resort plan it probably includes a destination.
June 22 (Bloomberg) -- There are “large gaps” in data now being gathered on the health of the 34,000 workers cleaning up the largest oil spill in U.S. history and growing concern that BP Plc will fail to publicize problems if they arise. Linda McCauley, dean of the Emory University’s school of nursing in Atlanta, said, “It’s kind of scary” that the cleanup workers are hired by “the people who are actually at fault” and not the local government, “where we know there can be transparency.” She led a panel on health effects of the Gulf spill at a U.S. Institute of Medicine hearing today.
While there are relatively few studies on the long-term ramifications of exposure to crude oil toxins, the workshop heard a report from Blanca Laffon, a toxicologist at the Universidad de A Coruna in Spain, on research on cleanup workers at the 2002 Prestige Oil spill off the Galician Coast. The research found biomarkers that indicate these workers, coastal residents and fishermen faced a higher risk of cancer than the rest of the population, Laffon said in an e-mail before her panel appearance.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has issued health warnings to certain groups. Unborn Babies “Although the oil may contain some chemicals that could cause harm to an unborn baby under some conditions, the CDC has reviewed sampling data from the EPA and feels that the levels of these chemicals are well below the level that could generally cause harm to pregnant women or their unborn babies,” the CDC said on its website. While they suggest there is no threat, the CDC simultaneously advised “everyone, including pregnant women” to avoid spill-affected areas.