Toxic Tide – Discovering the Health Effects of the Deepwater Disaster, Part 2, Living on Earth, February 18, 2011:
YOUNG [Host]: Prevailing winds could have carried those chemicals onshore. Leifer wanted to know what that might mean for public health. The scientific literature on toxicology and oil spills is thin. So he instead used well-known health data from chronic exposure to gasoline and plugged that data into his model.
IRA LEIFER [a chief mission scientist for NASA and UCSB oceanographer]: By that measure, my quick calculation suggested that for an adult healthy persona: maybe an effect, maybe not. For a baby, levels were a thousand to ten thousand times where one starts to see effects.
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