EPA opening public “Decontamination Stations”; 400 people seek medical care after visiting Florida beach


Oil spill: Is Gulf safe for swimming?, Pensacola News Journal, June 26, 2010:

Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to put decontamination stations along the beach, possibly as early as this weekend. ...

So far, 400 people have sought medical care for upper or lower respiratory problems, headaches, nausea, and eye irritation after trips to Escambia County beaches, [Dr. John Lanza, director of Escambia County Health Department] said. ...

[P]eople complained about getting a petroleum jelly-like substance on them from sand that was tainted brown. ... Carol Doster of Grand Isle, Miss., said her son Dallas, 12, was frightened by the oil that streaked his legs and arms after a five-minute swim in the Gulf on Friday. "It won't rub off," Doster said. ...

Lanza said the health department did not test the water or sand samples before lifting the health advisory. He did send out health department employees to look at the water before they covered up the health advisory signs.

See also: Pregnant woman has "tar balls stuck to her bathing suit"; Mother says "We've played in the water. No one is sick, and we're all going back out today."

8 comments to EPA opening public “Decontamination Stations”; 400 people seek medical care after visiting Florida beach

  • william borgstrom

    Step in front of a moving train and die. Stupid people swimming in oil contaminated water deserve to be sick. Their deaths would serve the gene pool well.
    STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES.

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