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Benzene is a natural constituent of crude oil
Benzene is a colorless and highly flammable liquid with a sweet smell and a relatively high melting point. it is a known carcinogen
Benzene targets liver, kidney, lung, heart and the brain and can cause DNA strand breaks
Originally posted by monkeySEEmonkeyDO
This should be a HUGE heads-up for anyone who wants to volunteer to clean up. Maybe this is why the government is making everyone wear restricting suits, and refusing to let anyone in that area... Either way, it's going to affect most of us Americans one way or another.
More frome the article:
In fact, the expert that CNN had on said that the life expectancy for those who worked to clean up the Exxon Valdez oil spill is only about 51 years. Considering the fact that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is now many times worse than the Exxon Valdez disaster, are you sure you want to volunteer to be on a cleanup crew down there? After all, the American Dream is not to make big bucks for a few months helping BP clean up their mess and then drop dead 20 or 30 years early.
i wouldn't trust the government to tell you the truth
(visit the link for the full news article)
In an under-the-radar release of new test results for its Gulf of Mexico oil spill workers, BP PLC is reporting potentially hazardous exposures to a now-discontinued dispersant chemical -- a substance blamed for contributing to chronic health problems after the Exxon Valdez cleanup -- among more than 20 percent of offshore responders.