BP says over 15% of nearshore oil cleanup workers show high levels of Corexit dispersant toxin; Figure likely much higher


New BP Data Show 20% of Gulf Spill Responders Exposed to Chemical That Sickened Valdez Workers, New York Times, July 9, 2010:

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... among more than 20 percent of offshore responders. ...

2-butoxyethanol was detected at levels up to 10 parts per million (ppm) in more than 20 percent of offshore responders and 15 percent of those near shore. ...

Natural Resources Defense Council Senior Scientist Gina Solomon described BP's continued offshore 2-butoxyethanol detection during the month of June as "worrisome." "It suggests to me that there is still, clearly, a serious air-quality concern. ... [Gulf] air quality, if anything, seems to be deteriorating," Solomon said.

Hunter College toxicology professor Frank Mirer said it would be "implausible" that the ongoing detection of 2-butoxyethanol among workers could be attributable to only BP's early use of Corexit 9527. ...

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