posted on Apr, 18 2012 @ 10:34 PM
Originally posted by pierregustavetoutant
I'll likely be called a disinfo agent
Not going to call you a disinfo agent, just a bit naive. I am sure the gulf is "full of life" and there are plenty of people splashing about in the
waves. I am also sure they don't drop dead right after getting out of the water. This does not make it safe. If we use the criteria you use then
bars full of hundreds of smokers were healthy places because everyone was dancing and having fun and no one was dropping dead on the floor.
The truth of the matter is, no one knows exactly what will happen. It is essentially an enormous science experiment. There is simply too much
spilled oil and too much of this corexit chemical dumped in the Gulf. No study has ever come close to simulating what happened.
It is possible it is killing people, and sea-life, right now. It is possible it will get worse. It is possible that 10, 20, 30 years from now we may
begin to understand just how bad it really is (e.g. Agent Orange).
Here is some info from the MSDS:
INGESTION : Not a likely route of exposure. Can cause chemical pneumonia if aspirated into lungs following ingestion. INHALATION : Repeated or
prolonged exposure may irritate the respiratory tract.
That sounds similar to this poor woman's issues.
RESPIRATORY PROTECTION : Where concentrations in air may exceed the limits given in this section, the use of a half face filter mask or air
supplied breathing apparatus is recommended. A suitable filter material depends on the amount and type of chemicals being handled. Consider the use of
filter type: Multi-contaminant cartridge. with a Particulate pre-filter. In event of emergency or planned entry into unknown concentrations a positive
pressure, full-facepiece SCBA should be used. If respiratory protection is required, institute a complete respiratory protection program including
selection, fit testing, training, maintenance and inspection
Do not contaminate surface water.
PERSONAL PRECAUTIONS :
Restrict access to area as appropriate until clean-up operations are complete. Stop or reduce any leaks if it is safe
to do so. Ventilate spill area if possible. Do not touch spilled material. Remove sources of ignition. Have
emergency equipment (for fires, spills, leaks, etc.) readily available. Use personal protective equipment
recommended in Section 8 (Exposure Controls/Personal Protection). Notify appropriate government, occupational
health and safety and environmental authorities.
METHODS FOR CLEANING UP :
SMALL SPILLS: Soak up spill with absorbent material. Place residues in a suitable, covered, properly labeled
container. Wash affected area. LARGE SPILLS: Contain liquid using absorbent material, by digging trenches or by
diking. Reclaim into recovery or salvage drums or tank truck for proper disposal. Clean contaminated surfaces with
water or aqueous cleaning agents. Contact an approved waste hauler for disposal of contaminated recovered
material. Dispose of material in compliance with regulations indicated in Section 13 (Disposal Considerations).
ENVIRONMENTAL PRECAUTIONS :
Do not contaminate surface water.
Yet we allowed them to dump millions upon millions of gallons
of this stuff into the gulf.
This is a human being created chemical soup. It does not go away. It is in the gulf to stay and it is in the fish, in the shrimp, in the seaweed, in
everything. You may be slowly poisoning yourself. I suppose you will know in 1, 2, 20 years from now.
ETA: Corexit is actually MORE toxic than the substance it is "cleaning".
Corexit more toxic than oil
ETA2: I am guessing you are moderately young. Only the young are so cavalier with their health, and so certain everyone else is a fool
on 18-4-2012 by Bakatono because: (no reason given)