Dispersants harmed Gulf residents and cleanup crews, lawyers say -- Diseases can appear months or years later

BP spill dispersants harmed cleanup crews, lawyers say, Bloomberg, March 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm EDT:

BP Plc, its drilling partners and 11 contractors who made or applied chemical dispersants to attack the 2010 Gulf oil spill should compensate boat owners, cleanup crews and residents injured by contact with the toxic substances, lawyers suing the firms said. ...

Gulf coast residents and tourists are also suing over health problems they say were caused by inhaling fumes and touching the drifting oil and dispersants.

“Some of these diseases and conditions may be immediately evident, and others can appear months or years later,” according to the filing.

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