Gulf resident's November blood test shows ethylbenzene levels higher than cleanup workers tested in August


Coastal Rescue is reporting that the blood of a 47 year old male who resides in New Orleans, LA --  and visited coastal Louisiana three times since April 20, but did NOT participate in the cleanup process -- was tested in November 2010 by Metametrix Lab.

According to Amelia Cronan, the results were reported by the Louisiana Environmental Action Network's (LEAN) Mary Lee Orr and chemist Wilma Subra. Here is a summary of the findings:

Ethylbenzene @ 4.4 times higher than the 95th percentile value by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a program that is part of the CDC.

  • "Ethylbenzene is a form of benzene present in the body when it begins to be broken down. The values found in this sample are higher than the values obtained from a sampling in August 2010 of three females and five males who were residents and BP cleanup workers in Alabama and Florida."

Styrene @ between 1.2 - 3.9 ppb. This is at least 10 times higher than the NHANES 95th percentile value of 0.12 parts per billion.

  • "Styrene is a chemical produced in industrial quantities from ethylbenzene. Styrene was not detected in any of the eight individuals sampled in August 2010."

m,p-Xylene @ .4 - 1.3 ppb. This is a least 1.2 times higher than the NHANES 95th percentile value of 0.34 parts per billion.

  • "This value was the same as the value detected in the eight individuals sampled in August 2010."

Hexane, 2-Methylpentane, 3-Methylpentane, and Isooctane were also found.

This report was compiled with information posted by Amelia Cronan for Coastal Rescue (amelia@ccrcseattle.org). Read the November 26 report here: Toxic Contamination Evident in Blood Sample of Gulf Resident.

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13 comments to Gulf resident's November blood test shows ethylbenzene levels higher than cleanup workers tested in August

  • soozla

    People are quick to assume that the individuals testing with these toxin levels are isolated cases.Why would this be true? The truth is the general population along the GOM are being exposed.

  • nosilverspoon

    People in these situations often die slowly. Denial is very common. I know for a fact that Fl and Al still have oil fumes but general consensus is apathy toward the Gulf, and outright denial of surfacing health problems. Hell, everyone seems to be coughing or appears to be sick with 'flu' type illness but will say "it's the weather" [75 degrees] or "it's a cold" [no runny nose] I recently thought about having a blood test run for chemicals but according to the lab in Ga. it's not worth the $160 [+ Dr. visit] because everyone is coming back with high levels of toxicants in their system. Many folks in Pensacola who live near inlets are saying they feel nausea for no "apparent" reason, along with dull headaches. Iv'e read that on here also. Nurses from the local hospitals started leaving a long time ago. That's not rocket science as to why. One last thing, I firmly believe that Methane is leaking in large amounts. Guess it's time to go.

  • Billy Dale

    Folks living on the GOM coast are wondering why the gubmint is not taking action to protect them. We here know that, in order for the gubmint to protect the residents, they first must admit there exists a problem, and they won't.

    This is awful and shameful.

  • Gary

    Its just depression from the economy
    Go order a pizza

  • Gary

    Oh! I meant go eat pizza and not the seafood and these test do not need to be performed. YOU ARE DEAD, well walking dead.
    HEY! there's a show the walking dead
    Ser

  • Trisha Springstead, RN, has been has been saying this for a long time (and Riki Ott has it all documented in her book "Not One Drop"), but try convincing anyone in the mainstream power grid and you can forget about it. Unless people are dropping dead on the spot they just plain don't care.

  • nosilverspoon

    Those Fema coffins might be used after all. If humans die in large numbers from toxicity, will they be considered toxic waste?

  • johan

    There is only one thing that matters. Your relationship with Jesus, the only begotten Son of God the Father, one and the same as God the Father. Repent people, for He will forgive the filthiest of they truely repent. Trust me. You will feel nothing but peace in these tribulant times.

  • premurderedGOM

    I'm not being cruel Johan and I respect you beliefs, but your god just murdered the GOM and everything in it....

  • uncomfortablynumb

    Would be nice to find a digital voc (new) on the internet listing for appx. $500 that would test both air and water.

    Can't depend on NOAA, EPA, FDA or gov't assisted colleges for reliable data.

    Some overseas mfg. co. could make some money on this (at our expense) of course.

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  • It was true then and is even more so now. The numbers of sick and bleeding women and children must be astronomical at this point, and men are as well.

    But, women [more mucus membranes] and children [because they're smaller, bl**d travels faster throughout] seem to be the dominant victims of BP’s assault?

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