An update on the increase in Gulf PAH levels by up to 4000% via Dan Froomkin's interview with an Oregon State University professor:
- The device taking samples "just off the shore of Louisiana's Grande Isle" registered the 40-fold increase in PAHs.
- "The sampling device was specifically designed to measure the fraction of PAHs in the environment that could make their way through a biological membrane."
- Kim Anderson, OSU professor of environmental and molecular toxicology: "This is a measure of what would enter into an organism."
- Anderson: "There was a huge increase of PAHs that are bio-available to the organisms -- and that means they can essentially be uptaken by organisms throughout the food chain."
- Anderson: "Said that almost every one of those 17 particularly toxic compounds experienced the 40-fold increase that the entire class did."
- Anderson: "This would be the largest PAH change I've seen in over a decade of doing this."