Chemist finds “increasing levels” of cancer-causing oil pollutants “that have built up in the tissues of fish, shrimp and crabs as they feed on other oiled marine life”


Is seafood safe? Scientists raise questions, Houma Today, December 13, 2010:

Wilma Subra, an independent chemist from New Iberia who has being conducting seafood and soil sampling since the early days of the spill, said her tests have found high levels of organic petroleum hydrocarbons, chemicals from oil, in soils and in soft tissues of shrimp, crabs, fish and oysters.

She said she has also begun to find increasing levels of PAHs that have built up in the tissues of fish, shrimp and crabs as they feed on other oiled marine life.

Subra contends the federal government’s testing is inadequate because the safety standard doesn’t take into account the effect oil toxins could have on vulnerable populations like children, the elderly and sick people. ...

PAHs are potent and volatile pollutants found in oil known to cause cancer and have a toxic effect on human organs.

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